Oroville moves to become a constitutional republic

OROVILLE — The hottest topic at the Oroville City Council meeting Tuesday was whether or not to make Oroville a constitutional republic city.

At least 10 members of the community addressed the council during public comment in support of the resolution, making impassioned pleas to pass the agenda item. Most were unhappy with governmental policies such as the COVID-19 mask mandate and believed that people as citizens have rights under the U.S. Constitution to make their own decisions about our health.

In a constitutional republic, executive, legislative, and judicial powers are separated into distinct branches and the will of the majority of the population is modified by protections for individual rights so that no individual or group has absolute power. There is a difference between a constitutional republic and a democracy. A “democracy is run by people and republic is run by the laws of constitution.”

Mayor Chuck Reynolds said that a republic is what the city is under. People and representatives make decisions for the community. “We are living under a constitutional republic,” he said.

Reynolds also said that attention should be paid to the language. When a state is declared an emergency, it puts one person in charge and we should pay attention to who that person is.

“Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts,” Reynolds said. “A constitutional republic makes America a successful nation. Rights are by the people, for the people.”

Councilor Scott Thomson said that staff and students at schools should choose whether or not to get vaccinated.

“Every entity should stand up. Silence is compliance,” Thomson said.

After much discussion and comments, the motion passed 6-1 with Krysi Riggs the lone nay vote. When the motion passed, the room was filled with applause and cheers.

Another hot topic was the amount of time that should be given to individual speakers for both non-agenda and agenda items. It was decided that speakers should be given three minutes to talk.

At the beginning of the meeting, Reynolds officially declared November as Runaway Prevention Month in Oroville.

“Twenty-five percent of youth are experiencing homelessness,” Reynolds said. “Many have been abused. The LGBTQ community experiences a 120 percent (higher) risk of homelessness.”

Reynolds also said that the council would like to see youth transition into happy and successful adults.

Later in the meeting, Dawn Nevers, Oroville Assistant Community Development director, said that the lighting at the Oroville Convention Center has been completed.

The council also passed a resolution based on a proposal from D.H. Slater & Sons to demolish and remodel the Dispatch Center and Emergency Operation Center. The council approved and authorized the mayor to sign a 5-year agreement with Tyler Enterprises for annual software service.

Councilor Eric Smith said that the process for installing the software will take a year and a half and that a lot of data needs to be integrated.

The motion was approved unanimously.

The council also discussed the upcoming Veterans Day Parade in Oroville on Nov. 11. Councilor David Pittman said the best choice for a person to appear at the event was a Marine named David who was at the battle of Iwo Jima.

A World War II airplane will be flying over the city as well.

The next Oroville City Council meeting will be held Nov. 16, 2021 at 4 p.m. in the City Chambers at 1735 Montgomery St.

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