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Gookin Opposes Bruning Appointment

Interestingly, new Councilman Dan Gookin was the only City Council member to oppose the appointment of former Councilman John Bruning to the Natural Open Space Ad Hoc & Arts Commission last night. Even Councilman Steve Adams, who defeated Bruning in a three-way race in November, voted for the appointnments. Here's how the minutes read: "Motion by Goodlander, seconded by Kennedy to appoint John Bruning to the Natural Open Space Ad Hoc Committee and the Arts Commission, to re-appoint Kelly Ostrom to the Personnel Appeals Board, and re-appoint Jim VanSky to the CDA TV Committee.  Councilman Gookin believes that John Bruning is already serving on two committees and, therefore, will vote against him being appointed to these two committees.  Mayor Bloem noted that the two committees the John Burning is currently a member of, as mentioned by Councilman Gookin, are ad hoc committees and not standing committees.  Motion carried with Gookin voting no. "

Question: Do you agree with Gookin's reason for voting no?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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