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Salina: Sparks fly at meeting

"The problem I have is, everyone who has ever come to me [to ask for similar relief], I have said, get a petition," Iavarone said. "And the parking problem has the potential to affect residents on the street --"

"No, it doesn't," Stott said. "There are no residents on that part of the street. Nothing is going to change."

"If that's what you believe," Iavarone replied.

As the argument continued, Stott grew more and more frustrated. "If you guys vote against this, you're killing me," he said. "I'm not going to start a petition when it's so simple and it's so clear. It's ludicrous. What is the downside of this?"

"I have no evidence to go on," Iavarone shot back. "What you're doing to the rest of us -- we've been saying go get a petition. But now people will say, 'No, just go to David Stott, because he's the only one that doesn't abide by the town board policy.'"

Ultimately, the proposal was defeated three to two, with Giarusso and Fourth Ward Councilor Mark Nicotra siding with Iavarone and First Ward Councilor Paul Carey voting with Stott.

"Nice vote," Stott said. "Wow."

In other business:

- The board tabled a resolution to install street lighting in Dixon Park as no final figure for the cost of the installation had been presented by National Grid. The matter will come before the board again at its next meeting.

- A special meeting of the town board will take place before the next regular meeting, which will be held Tuesday Aug. 14. The special meeting will happen at 6:30 p.m. July 24.

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