HIGHLAND PARK, Mich. (WXYZ) — Three members of Highland Park’s City Council walked out of Monday night’s meeting, making it impossible for the city to vote on agenda items.
The disturbance started when Councilwoman Kallela Martin demanded an apology for an alleged email doubting her intelligence. Martin brought it up when the issue on the floor was approving the agenda.
Additional details about the email are unclear as of Monday night.
Martin ended up walking out along with two other members.
The mayor criticized the three for allowing personal matters to overshadow sworn duties.
“The council members neglected the citizens of Highland Park and oath of office of the Michigan Constitution,” Mayor Glenda McDonald said in a statement to 7 Action News.
The city has been in a saga for months over an unpaid $24 million water bill.
The public hearing on the budget proceeded, but the council could not vote on any issues.