James Long

The Guthrie City Council held their regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday night in front of a full house in the city council chambers. The meeting was the first since the November 5 meeting when the meeting got very chaotic and at times out of control.

The meeting Tuesday night started with apologies from Guthrie Mayor Steve Gentling and Ward One Councilman James Long for the issues at the November 5 meeting.

The meeting took over three hours and ended shortly after 10 p.m.

There were several controversial issues on the agenda and the council seemed to work through them all in a much more civil tone Tuesday night.

Some of the highlights of the meeting included the council not approving the rezoning application for Guthrie Green Houses along Walnut Ave. by a 6-0 vote. The council did work through the Convention and Visitor Bureau Advisory Committee openings and got those filled Tuesday night.

The other topic that drew a long presentation and discussion was on an ordinance concerning the Historic Preservation Committee that ended up getting tabled for further workshops and discussions.

The last topic was an ethics complaint against Long by Vice Mayor Gaylord Z. Thomas which ended with the earlier apology by Long being accepted by the entire council in a 5-0 vote.

The News Leader will have a complete story of the meeting in our Saturday edition.

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