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South Bend Common Council President addresses in-fighting

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We've been reporting on it for weeks now, in-fighting at the South Bend Common Council.

It all started back in January, over a facebook post by Councilman Henry Davis, Jr. that stirred up controversy.

Then last week, as the Council Rules Committee discussed possible censorship for that post. Then there was that complaint Councilman Derek Dieter filed over a comment Davis, Jr. made about his wife.

Tuesday, Council President Oliver Davis says it's time to focus on the task at hand. "We have a lot of things on the Council plate, primarily the Council budget. We are working on the 2015 budget," says Oliver Davis.

Davis is asking his fellow Council members not to be distracted by Council in-fighting. He describes the environment at the Council as a turbulent plane ride. "I don't mind conflict, but then there's a level it can override and make the plane too bumpy," says Davis.

Davis is encouraging Council members take care of personal differences outside of council chambers.  He says, "We may not necessarily like each other. We may not play ball with each other outside of this and go shopping and everything else, but while we're here, we must maintain what's in the best interest for the city of South Bend."

Meanwhile, members of the Health and Public Safety Committee, Derek Dieter and Fred Ferlic were on Council business Tuesday night. They walked through the neighborhood where a two year old was shot and killed in April, to talk to neighbors about their concerns.

Councilman Dieter says he can manage resolving a dispute with another council member and live up to demands from citizens at the same time.  "I haven't missed a beat on other things I do in neighborhoods. It's something that needs to be taken care of internally and just because the Council has one issue, it doesn't mean we stop," says Dieter.

The full Council is expected to discuss whether Henry Davis, Jr. should be censured because of that Facebook post at Monday's meeting. Still no word yet on the latest complaint filed by Derek Dieter.
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