BANGS — An executive session will be held during Tuesday’s Bangs City Council meeting in which members will hear and discuss a complaint/charge by citizens of the city regarding the alleged use of a racial slur by council member Larry Williford in council chambers on Feb. 12.
The comment was allegedly made shortly after the conclusion of the February council meeting, according to a report from Bangs Chief of Police Troy Grusendorf. The report listed three people who heard the comment, three who did not, one who was unsure and three more persons were unable to be reached.
“After this happened we started to receive some complaints,” Bangs Mayor Eric Bishop said Monday evening. “The one formal complaint came from Kenny Wayne Dunlap, and he asked to meet with myself and the city administrator.”
Bishop stated the council nor the city administrator — who works for the council — can take action toward Williford, but an apology from the council could be extended.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen because I’m not going to discuss it outside the realm of the Open Meetings Act,” Bishop said.
When contacted by the Bulletin Monday afternoon, Williford stated he was unaware the item was on the agenda as he had not seen a copy at that point. Williford declined to comment when asked about the incident in question.
“I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what happens,” Williford said.
Other items on the agenda include approving a resolution supporting Second Amendment rights for the citizens of Bangs, as well as approving the mayor’s re-appointment of EDC members and approving resolutions regarding Mayfest.
The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at city hall, located at 109 South First Street.
The complete agenda is as follows:
1. Call to order;
5. Citizen presentations — The council welcomes any public comments at this point on items not specifically on the agenda. Speakers should sign in and indicate the subject on which they wish to address. Speakers are limited to three minutes. The council cannot respond to matters not listed on the agenda;
6. The following items will also be considered for consent agenda approval:
a. Approval of minutes for council meetings held in February;
b. Approval of paid invoices for February;
c. Monthly activity reports presented by city administrators;
d. Approve sponsoring Mayfest;
e. Approve resolution closing streets around the park for Mayfest activities on May 4;
f. Approve resolution for the temporary closure of FM 586 on May 4 for activities associated with the Bangs Mayfest Parade;
g. Approve mayor’s re-appointment of EDC board members Jamie Moore, Richard Perez and Eric Bishop for the term of April 1, 2013 through March 31, 2015;
7. Consider changing regular meetings to the second Monday of each month;
8. Approve resolution supporting Second Amendment rights of citizens;
9. Executive Session: Hear and discuss complaint or charge by citizens of city regarding use of racial slur by council member Larry Williford in council chambers on Feb. 12;
10. Open Session: Consider action regarding items discussed in Executive Session;