In an unusual move, the Pierce County Council will meet Tuesday night for the second time this year in the district of Councilman Stan Flemming, who is running for re-election.
The meeting will be held on Fox Island a week before the Nov. 4 general election. But Flemming, R-Gig Harbor, said his request to hold a meeting there has nothing to do with his race against Derek Young, D- Gig Harbor. Flemming said the council agreed to it because Fox Island residents asked for it.
The meeting doesn’t violate the county charter. And Young told The News Tribune he doesn’t have a problem with the in-district meeting.
The council session will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Nichols Community Center, 690 Ninth Ave.
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Flemming said Fox Island residents complained after the council held a District 7 meeting in Vaughn on the Key Peninsula in June.
Jim Braden, past president of the Fox Island Community and Recreation Association, requested that the council meet on Fox Island, Flemming’s office said. Flemming said he took the request to the council and it approved.
“There’s no hidden agenda there,” Flemming said, noting that the council has never met on Fox Island.
The county charter says the County Council must conduct at least one evening meeting per year in each of the seven council districts. Typically, the council only meets once a year in a district. But Flemming said it’s not unprecedented to meet more than once in a district.