What is going on at City Hall? What is the detailed status of the hiring of a New City Manager? Is anything being done? If not, why not?
There is no transparency or report of what our present Mayor and Council are doing relative to the Administration’s hiring of personnel, hiring of a new City Manager, spending of your tax dollars, credit card spending, performance reviews, and the ever-hidden City’s Manager’s “Dictatorial Policies.”
At one meeting Mr. Giddings said, “He was growing tired of the animosity he witnessed between the City Manager’s office, and the Mayor and Council. “…he felt they were divided or at odds and he was tired of the drama to the extent that he may not even finish his term.”
However, the Mayor and Mr. Giddings did solicit candidate petition signatures for each others candidacy for council.
The Mayor and Council do the peoples and the taxpayers business. There is an obligation and duty to disclose details of City business. However, the Mayor and this Council will not vote for disclosure. As Councilman Ziegler stated, “I like it just the way it is.”
The way Council presently works is significantly inappropriate! Nondisclosure of conflict-of-interests persist within the Council but nothing is done about it. If you read the Council minutes and know the elected official and his occupation and background, the conflicts of interests are apparent.
There is significant mischief among the Mayor and our elected officials. There too is a conflict-of-interest with Mr. Giddings having voted and discussed development and economic matters where there is definitely a conflict of interest.
Mr. Giddings has business interests with downtown development properties and the properties at Beck and Twelve Mile roads. Conflicts that could potentially benefit him and his development company financially which his vote would promote. He has not recused himself from voting on these business matters.
There are no Council complaints, there are no calls for disclosure of conflict and to expose the obvious; specifically, when the Mayor and other members of Council are aware of the conflict.
Council’s mischief abounds with not following Robert’s Rules of Order and the “deity” sitting on the “dais” continues with making their own set of rules and ignoring well established principles and procedures of sound management.
Those previous Council principles and procedures were the substance and staple of many of Wixom’s Mayors and members of previous Councils which determined budgeting realities and balancing the scales between revenues received and budgeted expenditures. Principles which logically prioritized personnel structure by using wage and salary structure and following rigidly the dictates of the City Charter.
Those previous Mayors and Council members gave priority to leadership, integrity and administrative disciplines. All were purposefully adhered to without mischief. Unfortunately, this Mayor and many Council members are adamant: transparency of City business is not on their agenda.
A great example of effective Administrative management mischief,power and control of communications was dismissing the City Manager, Mr. Nowicki. To date nothing is stated on the record why this action was taken!
An excellent City Manager was dismissed without any public notice or reason given. The City Charter was thrown in the garbage can along with the Wage and Salary guidelines.
The residents and taxpayers are all witnessing not only a lack of transparency, but a political power ploy. Secrecy and power are the agents used.
A lack of transparency supports and anchors a power struggle that pits the Mayor and Council against the peoples need to know. Acknowledgment of the coming Council Agenda item is the pending increase of fees for filing Freedom of Information Requests should tell the people and taxpayers’ something is amiss.
Why the secrecy? What is the Council’s adamant resistance to letting the public know what is going on with Council’s spending of their working tax-dollars or reports of internal City Business?
There is considerable resistance from some members of the Council, specifically, Councilman Ziegler; he desires to keep things the way they are: secrecy is better than transparency. The Mayor, Councilmen: Beagle, Rzeznik, and Giddings, all sit or stand mute; their silence is deafening. It is understandable, because they are in the center of the storm.
With the facts hidden from the public, secrecy is in the Council’s best interest. Secrecy has constructed a Council’s concentrated control center of power. That power is retained when there is no interest in hiring a new city manager or following the requirements of the City Charter. Make no mistake about it, dragging out the hiring process affords those in power to stay in power. Who will dare question their authority?
Non-disclosure of the process of internal hiring of personnel and of contract details are flagrant violations of public trust and policy. Elected official’s misconduct in development of city properties and non-disclosure of those personal conflicts-of-interests are a serious violations and must be dealt with.
This nondisclosure is reasonable for Mr. Ziegler. He likes to keep “things” and the public in the dark. Why should the public know what actions or reports the Mayor and the Council are considering? “The Agenda is enough, has been stated many times by this Council.”
Noteworthy is the fact that there is no information within the Agenda relative to transparency of any details of the agenda’s subject/s . The agenda is basically an order of business to be discussed, little more.
Note again the present lack of transparency and unavailable facts for the real reason why Mr. Nowicki resigned from the City Manager’s position. Do you know why? Does the Public know why? NO PUBLIC REASON IS ON RECORD! Therefore, there is no transparency but perhaps there is connivance?
It is difficult to understand why any elected official would not want to let his constituency understand what and why issues are the way they are and the legitimate reason for any action required by the Mayor or Council unless mischief prevails.
What is the reason (and a detailed reason) for Mr. Ziegler’s statement, “I like the way the Council packet exists?” Perhaps too, with limited public access to the facts, the real question asked of our elected officials should be, “Is secrecy better than the public’s need to know?” Their present answer: absolutely and unequivocally…YES!
Note Councilman Giddings words on transparency, “… I had concerns, questions, and confusion when going through the (Council) packet. His concern would be the thousands of people reading the reports and supporting documentation they may not understand. He was not in favor of putting the packet on the website for that reason.”
Our public may not understand! Really!
Finally, CM-03-33-15: Motion made by Council member Kennedy to put the City Council Packet online and open to the public; however, there was no second! The motion died!
Transparency and ethics in government are good for Wixom. Presently, some of our elected officials have forgotten why they were elected and who they work for.
Remember, transparency is essential now and in this next election.
Your VOTE can CHANGE this SECRECY and establish transparency of City Business!