(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) -- Information from City Hall on Thursday could clarify why some city council members wanted to suspend city manager Bruce Woody.
On Monday during an executive closes session, the council voted 5-3 against suspending Woody for one week without pay. Any other information from that meeting is protected by rules related to the disciplining of personnel.
However, also on Monday, some council members appeared to be upset after being presented with next year's sewer rate proposal.
Instead of a scheduled public hearing on the new rates, the proposal was pulled without discussion. Staff said they would present a new proposal at a later date.
According to released information following a Sunshine Request, council member Brian Myers made the original motion to suspend the city manager.
"Our direction to city staff was a zero percentage rate increase across the board. What was put in front of us was a recommendation that we increase our wholesale and commercial rates which is not the direction we gave staff," Myers said.
Wholesale and commercial rates are used to compute sewer charges for large industry in St. Joseph.
Council members Madison Davis and Brenda Blessing joined Myers on the losing end of the vote to suspend Woody. Voting against the motion was Mayor Bill McMurray, Russell Moore, Marty Novak, Spanky O'Dell and Gary Roach. Council member P.J. Kovac was absent.