Thursday, February 25, 2016

WDT: Public Will See Updates on Inner Working of Ogdensburg

      After hectoring by the press, the Maple City's new city manager will publish her weekly email updates on city affairs. The summary of things going on is commonplace and Watertown Council members have for several years gotten a Friday tome on what's going on in the departments.
     In Ogdensburg it all somehow became an open government argument. The CM says she will publish secret stuff in a seperate memo.
     My expereience is there is merit to keeping the public in the loop on what's up, and management's effort to inform lawmakers is laudable, commonplace and not worth fighting over.
     The big problem is the obsession with locking people into feelings they can't talk about things. Government should not be run on confidentiality agreements, and looking back, there are too many times the shield of "personnel matters", "pending litigation", "collective bargaining", "or discussing the background of a corporation" is a means of denying the public of information and by extension obscuring lack of performance or embarassing mistakes.
           http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/news05/ogdensburg-city-manager-decides-council-updates-are-public-20160225

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

You are wrong on this. What this means is that now the city manager and staff will spend time, money and effort publishing a weekly fluff email that contains no sensitive information. And virtually all information is sensitive information. I suppose the bullies achieved their goal, of not having to do reporting to fill their pages, and instead force the govenrment to write their stories for them.

Anonymous said...

The city manager made her decision now they follow it. She was hired and paid a very high salary to run it and she has spoke.
First. the paper did start the ruckus in some fashion demanding the papers be made public.. Now its up to the Times and Journal to print these papers in their entirety weekly or whenever they recieve them.. Any thing less than that I feel the paper was just doing what they have been accused of..
Second. This council has already showed some signs of being unstable.. I understand there is a movement going on between the newbees Davis and Price along with Stevenson to put the clamps down on Mike Morley.. He makes their meetings too long with frivilous complaints..
Third >> Mr. Davis seems to have a special agenda.. He has tried to have Morley replaced with no one else interested. He has all but threatened Morley and Mitchell for what he percieves as a threat to what he beleives in.. Party politics has never worked very well in Ogdensburg on most matters and wont work now..

Anonymous said...

Yah.. Davis read the law about releasing private information.. WoW.. Now hes a lawyer .. Silver better step aside...His son is a cop and keeps him abreast of the goings on there I understand..

Anonymous said...

Its all over the kerfu last year where Jennifer Stevenson had to recuse herself from voting on an issue her business was involved in.. She refused to recuse and Morley challanged her and won.. Skamperele, Her, and Davis are donkies and Price is just a plain ass so far.
The city manger took charge and things will work out.
The Deal with Price is Morley brings up many many items during meetings and during sessions and Price wants the city council to work like the Teacher union a one sided one man show.