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I believe that there will also be a Golf Club commission budget meeting starting at 7pm tonight. Given the number of open questions about their budget, tonights session may be helpful in making Wendesday's review by the City Council a lot more productive.
@BOH - you must not have a dictionary available to you and / or not heard the City's legal counsel say that filling the seat is NOT required.
@BOH - While there are clear rules of succession at the Federal and State level and this includes the appointment of replacement representatives (look at Illinois for a recent, "successful" example of the process), just because you can, doesn't mean you should. And while the City Council "can", no one, including the anon BOH, have bothered to say why it is needed. It's not. So don't do it. And get on with really governing.
Sorry, but people who have been elected choosing additional people to join their ranks without voter input is far from democratic. But you know, given that @BOH won't use a real name, perhaps they're interested in being appointed to the council as opposed to elected by the voters. Bob Zahm (sorry about my name not coming through directly; something funky has changed with this web site)
The Council has yet to make the case for the necessity of filling Suzanna's seat in advance of the November election. And yet, we're seeing a lot of hoopla encouraging people to publicly apply. Why is this distraction necessary from the Council's work on the infrastructure bond, flooding, etc? And if an additional Council member is needed to vote on the 2013 budget, have the November winner take the seat immediately after the election instead of waiting until January. Having the Council pick someone to join the Council now, in advance of the election, seems frankly undemocratic.
I doubt that anyone has given direction "to ignore an Intersection with "9 lanes of Traffic" and no directionals!". This seems to more likely be a case of gaps in operational management. I believe that the City Council has not delved deeply enough into how the City is being run because they are willing to trust (remember that old refrain about "trust but verify"?) that the City Manager "knows what they want done". Effective verification is required to make the City Manager-style of government successful and that is what I think has been missing. At some point, this can become micro-managing, but all external appearances would indicate that our local government is nowhere near encountering that risk.
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Dec 24, 2009