After the executive session to discuss personnel matters involving the council attorneys, the council began the meeting by nominating Joe Bonahoom as council attorney on an interim basis. However, the council did leave the door open to hire a 2nd attorney down the road. They also voted to create a bipartisan personnel committee to review future issues as well as serve as the liaison between the council and it's staff. All-in-all it was fairly uneventful given the discussion the previous two weeks.
Also of note, the council voted 5-4 to put a hold on the Fort Wayne Police Department's request for outfitting squad cars with GPS. The hold was put in place until the state legislature determines what it's going to do regarding property tax reform and how that decision will affect the city's budget.
Members voting for the hold - Smith, Didier, Shoaff, Pape, Goldner
Members voting against - Brown, Bender, Harper, Hines
I found it unfortunate that councilman Bender didn't abstain from a vote that directly involved the FWPD. I doubt his vote violated the Indiana Code's definition of conflict of interest but I think he should've abstained nonetheless...