Friday, August 23, 2013

Three Upcoming Meetings

by Sue Nielsen

The monthly workshop meeting of the Belle Isle City Council is scheduled for this coming Wednesday, August 28, at 8:30 a.m. As recently as the August council meeting, we have heard significant rhetoric from our Mayor and commissioners regarding better communication between City Hall and the residents of Belle Isle. However, as of 5:00 p.m. on the Friday before the meeting, there is still no agenda posted on the City website.

We do know that the second reading and adoption of the Bernstein Amendment should be scheduled to occur at one of the upcoming meetings, most likely the regular Council meeting scheduled for September 3 at 5:30 p.m.

Additionally, the September 3 meeting will likely be the first public reading of the proposed City Budget. This will be a great opportunity for residents to ask questions and express their thoughts regarding our City Hall's budget plans for the coming year. If you have concerns about the way City Hall is allocating our tax dollars, spending our City's financial reserves, and steadily increasing our City's debt level, then this is your opportunity to speak up before the 2013-14 City Budget is finalized. You will have a second opportunity to express your concerns at the second public hearing on the new City Budget, which will be held at City Hall on Friday, September 20, at 5:30 p.m. according to Commissioner Pisano.

If have questions or concerns but cannot make it to these meetings, please be sure to call or write your district commissioner. The City is required by law to make the planned budget available for citizens to read ahead of the meetings at which it is presented. Until the proposed City Budget is published in a more accessible manner, you can find it on the official city website. Look under the Government heading, select Meeting Agendas and Minutes; then scroll down under Workshop Agenda to 07/31/2013. Select this date and you will open the entire agenda for that meeting. There are 59 pages, and the budget starts on page 24.

We hope to see you at these upcoming meetings at City Hall on Wednesday, August 28 at 8:30 a.m., Tuesday, September 3 at 5:30 p.m. and Friday, September 20, at 5:30 p.m.!

UPDATE: It appears that the agenda for the August 28 workshop meeting has been posted to the City website. You can view it here.


  1. Thanks so much for these updates! And thanks for being the watchdog we need!

  2. Does anyone know what our reserve account is for this year and then going back the last 5 years?


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