Monday, April 18, 2016

Council Meeting "Moved" By Fiat

    There is no regular meeting of City Council to occur tonight as specified in the City Charter. The meeting will be held tomorrow per a press release. The change was to accommodate a dinner at least one member is attending, but the regular specified business meetings are not a moveable feast according to the Charter and past practice. If you can't attend it's an absence which can effect things like super majorities and unanimous consent, but that's the way it is.
     In fact I remember a time during Spring Break when only two of us showed and the meeting was nixed as soon as the roll call codified a lack of quorum.  The matter is referenced in Section 14-1 of the Charter


[Amended 7-11-1967; 8-25-1970; 6-27-1977; 3-15-1982; 3-17-1986; 11-6-1989; 5-7-2007]
Regular meetings of the City Council shall be held in the Council Chambers at the Municipal Building every first and third Monday of the month, at 7:00 p.m., unless such Monday is a legal holiday, and in such event the meetings shall take place on the following day at the same hour.
 
     Special meetings, adjourned meetings and work sessions can and do occur at different times but the two regular meetings are fixed by law, or had been up until now. I know it's semantics and not a big deal to anyone but a stickler for such things.
     Like those who consider the Constitution a "living document" versus those who abide by the literal view expressed by the framers.
     But times change and a  new Council apparently has the latitude to not adhere to the Charter. I would have recommended an amendment to allow say the Mayor to reschedule regular meetings with sufficient notice, but that's not how it reads now.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oh, you are too caught up in doing things the legal way.
You probably think that any business carried out in tomorrow's meting will be invalid, null and void, just because proper public notice was not given. You would think Joe could have learned some of this stuff from you, before the local people supporting the wrong candidate hoisted him into office.

Anonymous said...

Isn't that what the CM and Slye are for?

Anonymous said...

So this is what is going to be like for the upcoming years. Take a break 11:25. Obviously the previous admin stuck us with terrible roads, an arena no one wanted, declining housing, a very unpopular CM and Parks dept....etc, etc, etc. But your guy lost and now the new team sucks. Yup we get it.

Anonymous said...

They should a moved it by an American car.

Anonymous said...

12:29 Gee, I hope they get their raises, they work so hard and seem well informed.

Anonymous said...

Who cares Jeff? Do you need to be reminded that you're no longer mayor? Move on!

Anonymous said...

They ran out of waffle mix.

Anonymous said...

Good call Jeff. What is the City Charter, but only a great piece of history which has run our City for years. This council and CM are just there temporarily. The dedication is NOT to the city and to what they want to do.
Besides, who would have run the show in Joe's absence? NOBODY is qualified, and they are just lame ducks, not specifically the two newcomers. The other two could mess us anything they get into so its good for the city to see the confidence in their abilities when the Mayor is out.
Besides, what are both of them going to this event for anyway? The CM could have represented the city, or some other fill in. They don't need to worry about the charter, they don't listen to other studies which have been done in the past, so why worry about a Charter..? Shows where their professional demeanor is for the city who pays their wages.. I see the CM is nixing her assistants position, but bet my next paycheck that his position is now the director of human services which is in her office too. She still has her thumb on the department heads who should be able to do their job. How much of this is the leaders going to let her get away with?

Anonymous said...

11.21....Leaders? Part timers.