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January 5, 2013

Salem City Council to resume meeting on Tuesday

Council to resume meeting on Tuesday

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The council took a brief recess to stretch their legs — and allow City Clerk Cheryl Lapointe to print more ballots — several times through the evening. Someone had a pizza delivered, others brought in coffee. Lapointe and her assistant passed around candy and snacks.

At one point, Ryan stood up and asked, jokingly, if Lovely could withdraw her resignation.

After the 200th ballot, McCarthy and Turiel began making motions to recess and resume the proceedings on Tuesday, after councilors and candidates had a weekend to think things over.

Their suggestions failed, repeatedly, to get a majority vote of the council.

“Nothing is changing. We’re deadlocked. Clearly, we’re not going to get a majority of the council,” said Turiel, who became visibly frustrated as the meeting wore on. “... We’re just wasting our time and embarrassing the body (the council).”

Other councilors argued the board needs its full 11-member complement for its reorganization meeting on Monday, at which a council president is elected.

“It would be disrespectful to everyone in this room to stop and restart,” said Siegel.

It was only when one of the Pinto supporters, Prevey, made a 2:25 a.m. motion to recess did the idea get a majority vote.

“At this point, we have pushed ourselves to the limit,” Prevey said. “We’re doing nothing here, at this point ... (We’re) beyond rational thinking at this point.”

Bethany Bray can be reached at bbray@salemnews.com and on Twitter @SalemNewsBB.

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