By: Diane Benjamin
Toward the end of last night’s City Council meeting David Sage again discussed getting aldermen on board before something is brought to the Council. He claims it is to save staff time when in reality it is to keep Renner from putting silly things on the agenda.
Here’s how staff time can be better used. City employees have what they call EAC – Employee Activities Committee. This groups throws parties for themselves and calls it Community Relations! The “community” isn’t invited. These are the same employees with lavish benefits and pensions they are allowed to spike.
The latest party was a chili cook-off, an annual event. It’s not all bad because they did raise money from $5 tickets for employees and a 50-50 raffle. It’s impossible to tell if those two cover the costs – it definitely doesn’t cover the costs staff used to plan the party when they should have been working! Part of the proceeds were given to Home Sweet Home Mission.
This year they also had a “Winter” event in January and another one in April. Bills and Payroll, especially PCard statments, show EAC events. The April event included a check to VenuWorks labeled Community Relations for employee lunch, yes is says $4350.00:
Other events took place, including at least one bus trip and a picnic.
Below are just a few of the HUNDREDS of emails I received by FOIA just for planning the chili cook-off. Page 22 of the PDF below has the flyer they created for employees, page 30 has a list of the people on this committee including Nikita Richards who must not like her City job since she’s running for County Clerk. Unless you want this party attitude at the County Clerk’s office, make sure she isn’t elected. Chili Cook-off flyer
That PDF is 68 pages long – I received TWELVE PDF files in total. The ones below are just a SMALL sample of what I received! But it gets worse. They give prizes at these events! Below is just part of the expenses and prizes: http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=15366
According to this LINK the Commercial Patio Heater is $239.
Enjoy the emails. They couldn’t decide where to the hold the event. It took most of August to end up holding it at Public Works, the same place it’s normally held. Note the number of employees getting these emails. Instead of doing their jobs they were planning a party. Keep in mind David Hales was still here, he must have approved. Just like where you work?
I’ve still got more emails to read, but another project is calling my name. Maybe more later.