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Oliver Davis: Turmoil in South Bend Common Council will not derail city progress

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South Bend Common Council President Oliver Davis issued a statement Tuesday in the wake of last week's heated Rules Committee meeting and fallout.

FOX28 was on hand last Monday for a heated debate between council members as they discussed whether to discipline councilman Henry Davis over an obscene image posted to his Facebook page. Councilman Derek Dieter later filed a criminal complaint against Henry Davis for a comment he made during the meeting.

In his statement, Oliver Davis acknowledged "recent turbulence" in the council, but trumpeted the passing of a new animal control ordinance, job expansions in the city from Nello and Lippert, recent arrests of suspects in homicide cases, the well built for residents whose basements were damaged by the closing of the New Energy plant and other developments. Davis also assured the council is progressing toward its goals of a balanced 2015 budget, coming to terms on contract with South Bend police and fire departments, and continuing to attract jobs to the area.

In his own statement, South Bend Deputy Mayor said that city residents "have a right to expect respectful interactions among their elected officials," and that he's "confident the South Bend Common Council will address and resolve any issues and assure that all members remain focused on city business."
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