Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Things wrong with yesterday's last minute City Commission agenda change...

Here is a quick list:
  • Notification 45 minutes before the meeting begins that 31 some people won't be interviewed as indicated in the published agenda
  • Less than 24 hours notice of the change
  • Polling of Commissioners by phone regarding the change prior to the meeting
  • Adding an item that was never part of the original agenda - i.e., the future of the CRA
  • Getting many new people to apply for a volunteer citizen board to help their community - only to be told "We don't want you anyway, we know better ourselves"
  • Having at least two joint meetings between the CRA and City Commission within the past few months and not ever speaking about the prospect of being taken over by the City Commission. Even though it was never really out-of-the-picture, it says a lot about the character - or lack thereof - of those on the Commission who cannot communicate what is really on their minds.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wes:
Is a telephone poll by staff or the CM a problem if it is not a confrence call AND only the results are transmitted, not the individual votes?
Did a Commissioner or the Mayor take the poll?
If Jeff cancelled the meeting because of the last minute change in Agenda, I understand.

Wes Blackman said...

Let's say Mayor A makes a call to staff. Mayor A says, "I don't think we should go ahead with the interviews, can you find out if that is o.k. with the other commissioners." The staff member calls Commissioner B and says that Mayor A doesn't want to have the interviews tonight. Commissioner B says "Yeah, I'm fine with that." Staff member calls Commissioner C and says that Commissioner B and Mayor A don't want to have the interviews tonight, what do you think? Commissioner C says that she is o.k. with it. Staff member calls Commissioner D and says that Mayor A, Commissioner B and C don't want to have the interviews tonight - just calling to let you know...

How was that not a vote?

Anonymous said...

What a waste of citizens' time and energy....people made plans to cover work, children and miss other activities.

Anonymous said...

What do you think is this Commission's best show of accountability---the midday worshops that working people can't attend, or the increased use of the Confrence Room which I don't believe has any audio capabilities?

Anonymous said...

Accountability and transparency are terms that Jennings, Golden & m
Mulvehill only drag out at campaign time. It is getting to be a joke having a written Agenda before the meetings. You have to go to get the 4:30 Additions or listen to the unannounced Presentations from selected vendors OR wait for Cara to tell us what the meeting is all about.