Council, mayor differ on “kickball” talk
High tension and hot tempers put an end to a Wheat and Beet tradition. On Friday, Aug. 1, a traditional kickball game between members of the Garland City Fire Department and the newly crowned Miss Bear River Valley 2014 royalty ended with harsh words and shoving.
Garland City Mayor Scott Coleman called a special city council meeting the following Wednesday to discuss the issue, seeking an executive session to discuss a personnel issue. He did not state what the issue was until the meeting started.
“This is not a hearing. It’s to get some facts that the city needs to take regarding this issue,” Coleman said.
According to video taken that day by Leader Assistant Editor Jessica Tanner, the game started friendly but quickly escalated to an unfriendly brawl between Garland City Fire Department members and a male member of the royalty team.
Coleman was denied his request to enter into an executive session by members of the Garland City Council.