Resolution Number 09-18
RESOLUTION NUMBER 09-18
SUPPORTING LOCAL DECISION-MAKING AUTHORITY
WHEREAS, local elected decision-makers are in the best position to determine what health, safety and welfare regulations best serve their constituents; and
WHEREAS, just like state legislative leaders, local elected officials are held accountable through Minnesota’s robust elections process; and
WHEREAS, ordinances at the local level are enacted only after a comprehensive, legal and open process; and
WHEREAS, local units of government are required to publish notices about meetings where policies will be discussed and decisions will be made; and
WHEREAS, under the state’s Open Meeting Law, public policy discussions and decisions must occur in meetings that are accessible to members of the public; and
WHEREAS, cities are often laboratories for determining public policy approaches to the challenges that face residents and businesses; and
WHEREAS, preservation of local control in Minnesota has yielded statewide benefits such as the Freedom to Breathe Act, an amendment to the Minnesota Clean Indoor Air Act; and
WHEREAS, more than two dozen bills that restrict local decision-making have been introduced in 2017 to date.
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF MOUNTAIN IRON, MINNESOTA, that it supports local decision-making authority and opposes legislation that removes the ability for local elected officials to respond to the needs of their businesses and constituents.
DULY ADOPTED BY THE CITY COUNCIL THIS 2nd DAY OF APRIL, 2018.
Mayor Gary Skalko