Ironically, Councilman Howrylak's supporters shouted Schilling down because they believed the meeting was to curtail Mr. Howrylak's freedom of speech.Schilling said that Howrylak’s letter violated the recently adopted Council Code of Ethics that the council signed Oct. 18. “Martin’s standard does not meet our standard of ethics,” Schilling said. “If John Szerlag sent out a letter such as this, he’d be fired.”Schilling said the letter violated the three tenets of the code: to work with other council members to establish effective policies; to render all decisions based on available facts and independent judgment rather than succumbing to the influence of individuals or special interest groups; and to avoid conflicts of interest of the appearance thereof.“This (Howrylak’s letter) is making it look like it’s coming from the council,” she said.She defended her adjournment of the Nov. 1 meeting. “I think the group was not here to hear council’s discussion, just to express opinions.”
It was not.