More Foolish Talk At City Hall
You got to love this time of the year. Folks making New Year resolutions, plans to lose weight and of course in Davenport, the start of City Council Elections. So a balanced budget with a slight surplus appears to be the platform of stability the Mayor hopes minimizes any unnecessary controversy for early 2007.
But is the mayor aware what his council is actually talking about? Is the Mayor aware of talk in City Hall Chambers that will modify the meeting and committee structure? Is he aware a majority of alderman is talking about ending the Committee Structures (Public Works, Public Safety, Finance and Community Development) and transform to a more streamlined Community of the Whole process. Is he aware of talk about restructuring the meeting process, moving “Public With Discussion” to the end of the meeting and not televise it?
It’s the stupid talk that comes up every two or three years, and it’s in full gear. It’s stupid, because it will never happen.
Now understand, I am the first to admit the Committee Structure is a dated hangover from an era of partisan politics. It was a time when a Chairman of a Committee actually meant something. It was a time when the committee could stop controversy from coming before the full council. So from that perspective, present day committees are fairly lame. But the committee process is also the first opportunity for action items to be presented to the community in a semi-formal process.
And in all honesty, this public with comment issue has been turned over enough times infrequent observers understand this will never happen. If you can’t take a little Suzie Bell, then you shouldn't be sitting behind the dais.
And for those that believe this is a Howard, Brooke, Frink and or Dumas thing, try again.
Have a great weekend,
PS. – Please see the Des Moines article about the e-mail conversations between the public officials that comprise the Iowa Board of Regents (here). An upcoming question, but what public disclosure process does our elected city officials follow regarding e-mails between each other?