AVON — A council discussion about council discussions consumed nearly two hours of the elected body’s last meeting, with code of conduct standards spurring the talk.
In May, the Avon Town Council directed staff to develop a code of conduct in an effort to set forth “strong themes of respectful behavior for all Council members in all settings,” according to a memo from town attorney Eric Heil, who presented a draft code of conduct to the council in July.
Council members Sarah Smith-Hymes and Jake Wolf participated in several meetings about the code of conduct as it was being drafted. In discussing the code of conduct at the July 25 meeting, Wolf said he felt responsible for bringing the council to the point where they are asking themselves what is appropriate regarding their behavior toward each other.
After saying perhaps he should not have shared text messages from other town council members with the Vail Daily — in which Mayor Jennie Fancher and Mayor Pro Tem Sarah Smith Hymes expressed disappointment with Wolf for rallying the public to attend a public meeting in November — Wolf asked his fellow council members what he did to make them unhappy with him. Ten seconds of silence followed.
“I think it’s a little bit of the opposite,” Fancher said. “You have been absolutely miserable here, and you’ve reacted by wearing your sunglasses through almost every meeting, until the last couple meetings, which is very much appreciated.”
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