By: Diane Benjamin
This Council meeting was shorter than Normal’s last night. The video is only 38 minutes long, but the meeting didn’t start at zero.
The Council gushed over departing City Clerk Cherry Lawson. Keep in mind she has only been here since June of 2015. Taxpayers paid over $2600 to move her here from Arizona, now she’s moving back. https://blnnews.com/2015/06/02/moving-expenses-toters-and-you-foia/
Meanwhile, Friday I received 2 FOIA extensions and another one on Monday. Also, Kimberly Bray demanded the minutes from the last meeting be corrected pertaining to the new water and sewer insurance the City is now pushing. They didn’t accurately reflect what happened. All of the above was Cherry’s job.
The City did introduce the new temporary clerk. She is currently a contract employee, she is going to try it out and see if the job fits. City Manager Gleason claims she has new ideas for efficiency and cost savings in the clerk’s office. How about put EVERYTHING on-line? How about cutting legal out of the process? Documents belong to the citizens, denials and unwarranted redacting make the Clerk look like she are hiding something. Her name is Leslie Yocum.
The Finance Director presented revenue to date, as usual the charts were not included in the packet. Being transparent means pretending to be transparent. Nice.
Other than passing the tax levy, nothing much happened. Gleason stated the City has 650 full-time employees.
Watch the whole brief meeting here: