Dougherty, who was criticized for being absent from the meeting where the vote on the Fiocchi fence took place, justified his absence at the meeting by explaining he and his family had planned a vacation for that day a long time ago.

In an attempt to justify that no favoritism was shown in the Fiocchi case, Dougherty read a letter he received regarding his request to put a white picket fence on his own property.

He said the city required him to write a check to process the license agreement and informed him he would be notified of the next step.

Asked later if the Fiocchi case was at all affected by Martin's relationship to the situation, Dougherty replied: "Absolutely not."


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"I don't think there was any retaliation," he said.

Councilman Joe Smith said Tuesday he agrees with Glenn and hoped to see any miscommunication avoided in the future.

"I am trying to understand how a reasonable solution would be met," Smith said. "There's been a lot of emotion here, a lot of innuendoes passed around."

Question of consistency

"I think the question on everyone's mind is how consistently have the rules been applied," he said. "The city, I think, failed to provide proper instruction on what [Rimel] was approved."

He also said he did not see "any significant evidence" of favoritism in the Fiocchi case, and did not want "to see anyone made an example."

Glenn said he hopes to see drawings and specific documentation required in the future to make things more fair.

"I don't think anybody is at fault or anybody is to blame," he said about the controversy.