Monday, April 1, 2013

City Council Meeting Agenda - Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Just a friendly reminder that the upcoming Belle Isle City Council meeting will take place Tuesday, April 2 at 5:30 p.m. Here's the agenda:

Belle Isle City Council Meeting Agenda - Tuesday, April 2, 2013

As you can see, the primary focus of this meeting is on presentation of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) prepared by Kelly Leary of McDermit Davis. Belle Isle resident Sue Nielsen previously expressed many concerns about this report in her open letter to the Mayor and City Council. Sue's letter was posted to the Sun on March 26, 2013 - here's another copy for your reference:

Sue Nielsen Open Letter - March 26, 2013

The Council will also be voting to adopt Belle Isle Ordinance 13-06, the City's new "special events" ordinance. You can find the complete text of the proposed ordinance starting on page 2 of the above meeting agenda. The purpose of this ordinance is to require a strict permitting process for any public or private "special events" taking place in Belle Isle. "Special events" are defined in the ordinance as events that meet certain qualifications, such as use of amplified sound or large amounts of parking. It appears that many, if not most, private parties in Belle Isle could easily be classified as "special events" under the proposed ordinance.

Under Belle Isle Ordinance 13-06, the permitting process will be primarily managed and controlled by the Belle Isle City Manager and Belle Isle Chief of Police, who will both have significant discretion as to how this ordinance is enforced. For example, the City Manager will have complete discretion as to setting the amount of the cash bond which must be paid by the event host. Similarly, the Police Chief will determine the amount of police protection required for the event as well as the attending costs of those protection services.

Have something to say about the proposed ordinance, the financial report, or anything else? Citizen comments take place at the beginning of the meeting, so come prepared!

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