The recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance was noticeably absent from the agenda at the first two Fairview City Council meetings under the leadership of new Mayor Brian Cooper.
Cooper was sworn in as Fairview's mayor on Wednesday, Jan. 2. He removed the pledge from the council's agenda on Jan. 2 and Wednesday, Jan. 16, without advance discussion with councilors.
City Councilor Natalie Voruz objected to the pledge's removal during the council's meeting on Jan. 16.
"I would think that would be a council decision whether or not we say the pledge," she said.
Cooper explained that he removed the pledge because it was implemented by a former mayor in 2005, and the addition was not discussed between councilors then.
Under Fairview City Charter, the mayor sets the agenda, and the decision is under the mayor's purview.
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