'Special treatment'

Councilman David Glenn said he does not know Fiocchi and was not acting on any personal biases, just trying to make a fair decision in regard to permit applications.

Glen said he feels many fences have been taken down, giving an example of someone who had a fence six feet into the right-of-way who "didn't take it down, so the city took it down for him."

"Why would we give Mr. Fiocchi special treatment?" he said. "This has everything to do with the process that is in place."

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During the lengthy debate at the council meeting, Bill Martin said he has never before spoken after residents' comments, but felt the need to defend himself against Fiocchi's previous claims that Martin is "a liar."

Both Bill Martin and Dougherty took swipes at Patch.com for comments made against them in regard to the issue on the message boards, calling the website "not real journalism," which "nobody reads."

Bill Martin said he didn't expect an apology, but believed Fiocchi owed him one. Fiocchi replied with an apology for calling Martin a liar.

Council President Randy Craig said he found a case from 2011 in which Wagner and then-Councilman Jim Miller voted to deny the building of a fence of any height on Stokes Street.

He said the history of fence approvals show people often ask for forgiveness, not permission.

"I want to clarify that when you talk about fairness, here is an example of someone that we should allow to put their fence back up to be fair," he said. "Right-of-way issues are complicated."

Craig made a motion to adjourn just as Miller, who also lost his re-election bid in May but was in the audience, moved toward the podium shouting that he wanted to reply to Craig's comments.

Miller's comments were drowned out, however, as the council members started to empty and the council moved into closed session.