Thursday, April 18, 2013

Restoring Democracy In Belle Isle, Part 2 [UPDATE]

Fellow residents, it appears that our efforts to restore democracy in Belle Isle are having an effect! As you may recall, on April 4, Commissioner Harvey Readey requested that the Council address a number of issues raised by Belle Isle residents, including:

  • publication of candidate filing dates by mail and on the City website
  • an evaluation process for the City Manager
  • elimination of the Mayor's ability to appoint replacement Commissioners upon resignation

You can read the complete text of Commissioner Readey's April 4 correspondence to the Mayor here:  Restoring Democracy in Belle Isle [UPDATE]

These proposals are absolutely crucial to restoring representative democracy in Belle Isle. That is why it is so encouraging to learn of a recent email from Mayor Brooks to Commissioner Readey in which the Mayor indicated his willingness to address these issues. According to Mayor Brooks, the above proposals will be discussed at the next City Council workshop meeting on Wednesday, May 1 at 8:30 a.m.

Although citizen comments are not typically permitted at workshop meetings, your attendance is still crucial to show that we are committed to this cause. Come and show your support for Commissioner Readey and any other City Council members who back these proposals!

UPDATE 4/22/13: Apparently, Council workshop are not always held on the last Wednesday of each month as I previously reported. The upcoming Council meeting is actually scheduled for Wednesday, May 1 at 8:30 a.m. The date in the original article has been corrected - sorry for any confusion this may have caused.

1 comment:

  1. I'm concerned and mystified as to why no one has commented on the due diligence that you have put into your reporting - in particular "Restoring Democracy to Belle Isle." I say - well done, Jeremy, well done. I, and many others, have often questioned term lengths, notification, etc. I applaud your efforts, and those of David Evertsen on the Belle Isle FB Community Page, to keep the citizens of Belle Isle informed and aware.


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