Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Council Getting Used to Saying No.

     Maybe they will get to the point where fees are assessed and paid and the requests end for waiving a fee for NFPs or others who decided they don't want to pay.
     Council last night rejected a request to waive a $200 rental fee for a pavilion in Thompson Park.  A week earlier it was a church requesting free use of the Arena.
      Waivers, by their nature, render pointless a fee system.
       Council also renewed the contract of City Manager Sharon Addison for two more years at her present salary of $125,000. 
http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/news03/watertown-city-manager-receives-two-year-contract-extension-20160621

10 comments:

Anonymous said...


In the past, the renewal of the City Manager has been done by resolution after introduction on the "Agenda". I found it very interesting, and telling, that her re-appointment did not appear on the agenda and was done virtually in secret and through the exercise of a waiver. I assume that this was done so they did not have to listen to any citizen comment about her job performance, evaluation, or excessive pay. Just leaves me to wonder what the council is thinking.

By all measures, the past few years have been filled with problems, a lack of vision, controversy, poor decision making, excessive spending, and a questionable public safety strategy. Can we really afford two more years? Guess we are about to find out. As a taxpayer, I am not looking forward to paying for more mistakes. Once again, this council needs to be held accountable for their decisions. Can't wait for the next election.

Anonymous said...

A Joke all the way around........

Anonymous said...

8:04, last time I went to council a meeting, there was plenty of opportunity for comment on anything you wanted to comment on. Ask SG, he will tell you, they will let you blather on for as long as you like. I am sure they would make room for you to cry about losing your pension padding OT. I am glad you said "citizen" instead of "resident", because we know that most of you guys don't live in the city and pay anything toward the $5 million in taxes your department spends every year.

Anonymous said...

8:52, on it. thanks

Anonymous said...


Oh yeah 852. I have gone to plenty of council meeting too and have seen people shut down when they attempt to talk about something that is not on the agenda or that "they" do not want to hear. I have also seen SG shut down and scolded for using his "free speech" in ways the council did not like. YES I am a city resident, and this has nothing to do with anyone's pension or benefits other than the person I referred to (why do you always try to make this assumption?). It offends me when you try to tie my legitimate concerns to some sort of self interest. I HAVE NO HIDDEN AGENDA - DO YOU?

My point is, there was no reason not to place this important action on the agenda. This would have allowed people to speak at a time when their opinion mattered, and would have allowed council to hear from the taxpayer prior to taking official action. Isn't this how it is supposed to work?

Danny M. Francis (Eyepublius) said...

Seems she is good at negotiating for her nice fat contract, but not so hot about dealing with the WFD. Appears to be easier just to demote and/or just fire folks to save money (maybe for a pay hike down the road, um)?

Anonymous said...

3:43 Come on Dan the Man, get up to speed. Two more years, covered health benefits, possibly a couple of more years for retirement credit,
lessen the budget of the WFD and she has it covered. You should be the last one throwing stones at the glass house.

It's all a con by those who are employed by public or government entities and we that toil away in the private sector not having the ability to stash away for our own retirement since we are paying for individuals such as yourself figuring how the game is played way early into your work years.

Anonymous said...

The council is even dumber than I thought(if that is possible), if they renewed this contract. Worst manager this city has ever seen.

Anonymous said...

Both good decisions on council's behalf.

Every group should pay fees and manager didnt get a raise.

Anonymous said...


Does the council actually think the city is heading in the right direction under Addison? How blind are these people? 125K plus her Federal Pension? Talk about the old double dip. It is high time we got a manager with some actual management experience; don't we deserve one? Very troubling decision by council and extremely underhanded how it came about. Time to clean the slate and start all over again.