By: Diane Benjamin
City Manager Pam Reece sends emails to the Council advising them on various issues. The Trustees can not respond to Pam and the entire Council without violating the Open Meetings Act. All deliberations and discussions are required to be in public.
Pam does hold 2 on 1 meetings with Trustees to get an idea of how the Trustees feel on various issues. Bloomington does the same thing.
Here’s the problem: When a Trustee does respond to Pam and possibly one other Trustee by email, does the entire Council ever hear the response?
I didn’t see any emails from Pam to the entire Council giving them Stan’s response below. If you watch Town Council meetings you’ve seen Pam or Koos say to Stan that issue has already been discussed by email prior to the meeting. Sometimes they ask why he is bringing it up again.
The reason is clear. The rest of the Council knows nothing about the discussion and neither do citizens. If Stan didn’t talk about items at Council no one would ever know.
Below is part of an email Pam sent to the Council in November, the yellow is Stan’s reply to Pam. The only Trustee Stan copied was Scott Preston. It appears the rest of the Council never saw Stan’s comments.
Whether the Wild Country arrangement iis good for the Town and taxpayers is a different discussion. This story is merely about the process.