It is truly unfortunate that the City does not have a newspaper that reports the activities of the community; it is more unfortunate that as citizens, taxpayers, and business owners, little, if anything, is known about our City’s business affairs. Tax dollars are being spent monthly through an Operating Budget based upon revenue collected and expenditures paid through tax dollars. However, tax dollars expended monthly have no transparency. How money is spent and on what is hidden from all.
In the absence of newspapers reporting facts, it is acknowledged that we now live in a digital and hand-held information access age. It is incomprehensible not to have the Administration make available to the public all information about how the public’s money is spent. The public’s ability to know what, when, and how their tax dollars are used is presently problematic because of the Mayor’s and some members of Council who want the City’s spending and contractual affairs to remain secret.
The data base is there, the information is available; digital reports are the way of doing business in today’s information world. All reports and expenditures are business affairs of the city and are public documents. All information must be made available on the City’s web site. Secrecy and non-disclosure is unacceptable operating procedures by the Administration.
Attached below is the Agenda of business for Tuesday’s July 28, 2015 meeting. Does anyone know the details of any of these items? Your Mayor and members of council know. They were given the information days ago. Did anyone read or was given any of the information for review? It is very doubtful!
One example; the item on the agenda sets the wage and benefits of the new City Manager. Can you guess his salary and benefits? Why should you have to guess? Transparency of this information would be on the City’s web site and the taxpayers who are going to pay the wage and salary should know what is proposed.
There is an election coming and transparency is a top priority in this community. The taxpayers, and voters have to address the secrecy of the present Administration and demand accessibility to all information that affects their community; addressing how their community’s well-being is affected by their Administrations actions is essential.
FACTS ARE TROUBLESOME!
Knowing in what direction the Administration is moving may lead to success or distress. Knowing that direction is essential as the Community with Character could either retain or loose that Character.
Recognizing past performance in matters of increasing taxes and mis-directed Administrative affairs, transparency of all information has to be posted on the City’s web site. What is known about the following?
Transparency vs Secrecy
Regular City Council Meeting
Wixom City Council Chambers
Tuesday – July 28, 2015
1.) Memorandum from the City Clerk regarding No Solicitors Decals
2.) Memorandum from the City Clerk regarding the MML Annual Meeting
3.) Letter of Resignation from the Parks & Recreation Commission from John Masen
4.) After-Action Review: 2015 “Lite-the-Nite”, June 25, 2015
5.) Transmittal of DPW Director Tim Sikma’s Communication Regarding the Age of Building Doors of Civic Center Buildings
6.) Transmittal of DPW Director Tim Sikma’s Communication Regarding the Asphalt Crack Sealing Program and Bids that were Received
7)Transmittal of DPW Director Tim Sikma’s Communication Regarding the Novi Bids for Sanitary Sewer Closed Circuit Televising and Cleaning
CITY MANAGER’S REPORTS:
1.) Departmental Monthly Status Report Summary – June 2015
Budget Report – April 2015
1.) Approval to receive and file:
a. Parks and Recreation Commission Minutes from February 23, 2015
b. Planning Commission Minutes from May 27, 2015
c. Planning Commission Minutes from June 1, 2015
d. Zoning Board of Appeals Minutes from June 8, 2015
e. Senior Citizen Commission Minutes from May 12, 2015
1.) Consideration of Mayoral Appointments of Peter Sharpe to the Planning Commission to fill the vacancy created by Guy York with a term to expire June 30, 2017 and Dave Weaver to the Tax Abatement Review Board to fill the vacancy created by Stephen Burke with a term to expire December 31, 2017
2.) Request for Approval of a Contract to Assign Wholesale Customer Water Service from the City of Detroit to Great Lakes Water Authority, a Resolution Demonstrating Such Approval, and Authority for the Mayor and City Clerk to Sign the Contract on Behalf of the City
3.) Consideration of a Recommendation from Hubbell, Roth and Clark, Inc. to Add a Section of Hedigham Drive and Millstream Drive to the 2015 Road Maintenance Program on West Maple Road and Perform Roadway Replacement and Repaving for the Cost of $48,000 and Use Funding Available from the City’s Local Roads Construction Account #25 18-39 9861
4.) Request for Authorization to Waive the Competitive Bid Process and Purchase Three (3) Replacement Police Vehicles from Signature Ford of Owosso, Michigan for $79,329 with Funds for this Purchase Derived from FY 2015/2016 Capital Improvement Account #11 16-37 9805 (Police Vehicles)
5.) Request for Approval of Salary and Benefits for Employment of the City Manager and Waiver of City Residency Requirement
Want to guess? Why should you? Note that the motion requested states noting about wage / salary amount, or employee status, benefits, or their relationship to previous retirement paid.