Milan News-Leader: Mayor defends barrier erected between public, City Council, says people have 'charged' her
Some Milan City Council members, including Mayor Pro Tem Michael Armitage, are not happy that the city has erected a barrier separating members from the public, the Milan News-Leader reported.
Mayor Kym Muckler said the barrier is in place to provide psychological distance between council members and the public and make it clear that the proper procedure is to address council members from the lectern, not approach them directly.
The barrier was erected on the recommendation of former police Chief Jeffery Lewis. The idea for the barrier arose after an incident in Missouri in which council members were shot. Muckler said angry people have charged toward her in the past.