By: Diane Benjamin
This statement is in the Town of Normal code:
No the Council can’t “waive” disclosure requirements, but that’s not the important part. The Open Meetings Act states they can’t vote on anything not disclosed 48 hours in advance.
The code states the City Manger must know a week in advance what will be on the next agenda. Agenda’s are not shared with the Council a week in advance or even 5 days in advance.
If Pam Reece knows what the agenda will be long before that, in the interest of transparency why wait to tell the Trustees? Because it would give them time to study the agenda?
Why does this matter?
On the agenda for Tuesday (delayed for Labor Day) is presentation of the Financial Statements from the year that ended 3/31/2020. (over 5 months ago) http://normal.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/3732
This is a lot of data Trustees are suppose to approve for release. Mere citizens don’t get to see them until later. Obviously the statements are done but Trustees have not been given access to them yet in order to prepare for this meeting.
It’s really sad Trustees have to wait this long for audited statements, it’s even worse they will not be given time to digest what is in them.
Nope, they are expected to just believe what they are told.
Unless Pam isn’t complying with the code and still adding items less than 1 week in advance of meetings, Trustees should have longer notice of items to be presented. Not doing so makes it look like STAFF has something to hide.
The Trustees are supposed to be YOUR representatives. It’s hard to represent without the time to do it.