By: Diane Benjamin
Another example of incompetence happened at the Council meeting last night. Increasing Video Gaming fees was illegally on the agenda:
Increasing fees on video gaming machines was first discussed at the April 25th meeting. It was TABLED to a Committee of the Whole meeting :
City Code: http://www.cityblm.org/index.aspx?page=262
Chapter 2 Section 18(ix)
Mayor Renner started to call somebody to the podium for the discussion when he was interrupted by David Hales.
Hit play below for what happened next:
How did Corporate Council not notify David Hales before the agenda was published?
Close to $60,000 a month is sent to Springfield for legal, but an agenda can’t be reviewed in advance? David Hales didn’t know he was violating City Code when he put the agenda together? The Council has no coherent way of tracking items under consideration so fiascos don’t continue to happen?
Does this give taxpayers confidence in anything the City does?
One more from the City Code: http://www.cityblm.org/index.aspx?page=262