Washington County commissioner Weik and others say the dispute demonstrates a need for county commissioners to play a role in filling some council seats.
Legislative Auditor Jim Nobles recommended similar changes in a report last year. Haigh, in response to the Nobles report, said any change in the council should insure "a real commitment to regionalism."
Rep. Mike Beard, R-Shakopee, chairman of a key transportation committee, sees the quarrel as "a symptom of a larger problem." Beard said he will propose changes to make the council more responsive to local concerns.
But maybe some details are better left to the staff.
"I leave these design decisions to professionals unless I see something that is totally outlandish," Elkins said. Otherwise, "you just wind up with a larger body of people arguing about what color the seat fabric should be."