EVART\u00a0- Following disputes regarding her style of recording Evart City Council meeting minutes, Evart City Clerk Seraphim Bieri resigned at the Feb. 16 council meeting. Disagreements between Bieri, Evart City Council and Evart City Attorney Jim White began last month, with White and council members upset about Bieri using\u00a0"descriptive embellishments" in her official record of meeting minutes. At the Feb. 2 meeting, Bieri\u00a0disputed council member's arguments against her\u00a0and quoted a section of the Open Meetings Act Handbook which she believed to give her the right to record more detailed minutes. At the Feb. 16 meeting, a number of community members spoke in defense of Bieri's minutes and the principle behind council meeting transparency. Bieri said the residents expressed a desire to have descriptive minutes for the times they cannot attend meetings. "I am at a loss for words to express how incredible it was to see the community stand up for itself," Bieri said about the public comment. Following the discussion, Bieri addressed the council and said she wished to resign, effective Monday, Feb. 23. "I feel as though I was left with no choice," Bieri said in a phone interview. "I saw there was a room full of people wanting clarity and then I looked at city representatives and they're saying 'I don't care.' We are, as a city, disregarding what the people want." Although she won't serve the city as clerk after Feb. 23, Bieri said she will still attend each city council meeting with a recording device and will type out meeting minutes as usual for the city residents to view on a future website. "It's the only way people will get minutes that aren't butchered," she added. "It's about preserving public access and it may be unusual, but it's nowhere near illegal. I feel obligated to do this for an integrity and accountability standpoint." Evart City Manager Zack Szakacs was surprised to hear Bieri's decision and said he is waiting to receive her resignation in writing. "The city wanted her to find some common ground, but I guess she couldn't do that," he said. The next step is for city council to appoint a city resident to the clerk's position within 30 days, he said. The appointed person will stay in the position until the city's general election in November 2016. If the council fails to appoint an individual, a special election has to take place between 90 and 120 days. Bieri was elected as city clerk in November 2013.