There is no transparency of what our present Mayor and Council are doing relative to the Administration’s hiring of personnel, spending of your tax dollars, credit card spending, performance reviews, and the ever-hidden Manager’s “Dictatorial Policies.”
These dictates are the ways and means of controlling staff and business relationships.
For example, City Manager’s use undisclosed or hidden directives to their staff and all subservient agencies and businesses working for the City. Many receive orders not to disclose or comment to the public on their business relationships.
Additionally, there are those directives to companies to support certain tax initiatives. Managers request businesses through memos requesting a positive slant or coerce a Company to urge a vote for a proposal as the Administration requests it. If the Company desires to continue to do business with the City, they will comply with the manager’s request in the best possible way they can.
Recognized and acknowledged that there are digital copies submitted of almost every document required for Administrative or Council review sent to the City Clerk for the Administration’s and /or Council’s requirements for business review, and Council’s meetings.
It is very easy to have that data transferred to the City’s website prior to the Council’s meeting for the public to review. Consolidating the E-package, takes little time and expense to prepare the Council’s Packet for their meetings. This same packet could be transferred to the City’s web site for public review and comment.
Transparency of what is going on is in the community’s best interest. Why the secrecy?
Why is there Council’s resistance to letting the public know how and where their working tax-dollars are vested?
There is considerable resistance from some members of the Council; specifically, Councilman Ziegler. He desires to keep things the way they are. To allow the transparency of what Council is dealing with is not in the public’s interest; therefore, Mr. Ziegler likes to keep the facts rather hidden, and the system of nondisclosure to the public is in the best interest of all. Specifically for the Administration and the Council.
As noted in my Header: Facts Are Troublesome! (J. Adams)
This nondisclosure is reasonable for Mr.Ziegler. He likes to keep “things” and the public in the dark. Why should the public need to know what actions or reports the Mayor and the Council are considering? The Agenda is enough and is all that is needed: end of subject.
Noteworthy is the fact that there is no info in the Agenda relative to transparency of the subject/s details.
Note the present lack of transparency and unavailable facts for the reason Mr. Nowicki resigned from the City Manager’s position. Do you know why? Does the Public know why? NO PUBLIC REASON IS ON COUNCIL’S 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.
What is the reason (and a good reason) for Mr. Ziegler’s statement…I like the way the Council packet exists is the answer.
Perhaps too, with limited access to the facts, the real question to our elected officials, “Is Council’s secrecy have priority over the public’s need to know?”
Apparently, Council operates under its own rules and the public is not allowed to observe that domain of understanding the ways and means of our own government at work.
Get those petitions for Mayor and Council submitted NOW!
Your VOTE can CHANGE this SECRECY and non-disclosure of public business.