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September 3, 2010
McCauley says he's baffled at how last night's meeting turned into a circus
City Councilor Kevin McCauley sent along his thoughts on what happened last night. Here they are: I am baffled that a simple procedural matter turned into a circus. This was strictly about courtesy and respect for the city council, due process and, most importantly, our constituents. It was a simple request to postpone the discussion to ratify a contract by one week, which is within the September 14th deadline, to allow ample time to review all the associated information of the Tentative Agreement and to ensure all council members are in attendance.
At the time I met with the Mayor to request that he consider rescheduling this agenda item, we had not yet received all the pertinent information requested by council members. We were expected to take action without having all of the information to do so, nor ample time to review what we had received. We were also given conflicting answers as to the deadline date. I now understand that if no action is taken on this T.A. by September 14, 2010, it will automatically be ratified with the July 1, 2010 retroactive date taking effect.
There have been requests to the Mayor in the past to consider dates and time of meetings so that the full council can be in attendance. There was no reason why a week postponement or a time of 6pm could have been considered in light of the fact we were not supplied all of the information or that there were conflicts with council members on the date selected.
A quick time line of events is as follows:
Negotiations since January, 2010
T.A. signed August 2, 2010
Council notified August 21, 2010
Rec’d T.A. highlights of changes/additions August 31, 2010
Met with Mayor September 1, 2010
Rec’d cost share/co-pay comparisons September 2, 2010
Special city council meeting scheduled for September 2, 2010 @ 5 pm.
As far as the blindsiding, I am confused as to why, when I do give the Mayor a courtesy visit and explain the concern, even with 24-hour notice, that I am blindsiding him. He said he would “get back to me” and had ample time to do so, but instead chose to spend his time orchestrating the fiasco of last night.
The Mayor’s version of the events that unfolded in his office on September 1st is in conflict with what actually took place. That being said, I wish to reiterate that I also expressed to the Mayor at that meeting, as I did last night, that I was in favor of the T.A. based on what I had received thus far, but would support a postponement of the agenda item to further review new information provided and to ensure all council members are in attendance if the deadline date would allow. That has now been confirmed. ***** Copyright 2010. All rights reserved. Contact Steve Collins at firstname.lastname@example.org