City Manager, Mayor, Council are they incompetent or deceptive?
DISCLAIMER... these comments DO NOT apply to Councilman Thomas Wight. In fact we owe our thanks and huge amounts of respect to Councilman Wight for standing up for common sense and the right thing!
At 5p.m. Tuesday, a sign was stuck on the City Hall door announcing a Special Called meeting at 7:30 a.m. for Thursday November 15th, 2012. A few minutes earlier the meeting announcement was also sent to the “press” and added to the city calendar.
This Special Called meeting was held to make a decision on the “Big League Dreams” project. A sports park development that has been in the works for more than three years and apparently hasn’t made it to “First Base”.
The City has already committed $450,000 as a refundable deposit (of sorts) to hold the exclusive franchise opportunity in this area for Lilburn.
Here is the question... The city, including Bill Johnsa, City Manager, Mayor, Johnny Crist, Councilmen, Eddie Price, and Timothy Dunn (Scott Batterton was not present) have known about the deadline for the decision to continue to tie up OUR $450,000 for months and months. WHY did they deem it appropriate to hold the meeting at 7:30 a.m on a Thursday, with a mere 38 ½ HOURS NOTICE?
Incompetence OR Deception?
Are they handling OUR $450,000 in an incompetent way OR are they deceiving us?
If you truly wanted people (taxpayers, citizens) to be aware, would you wait months and months and announce a meeting 38 ½ HOURS BEFORE THE MEETING took place? Or sometime in those past months put Big League Dreams on the agenda of a regular meeting and provide substantial notice? After all it’s the citizens $450,000. Isn’t it the RIGHT thing to do?
By the way the City is required by Georgia State law to provide meeting announcements JUST 24 hours prior. But don’t forget who makes those RULES... you guessed it, politicians and lawyers.
Here is the link to the meeting draft minutes. http://goo.gl/5Rxme
Please read and reread the comments between Councilman Thomas Wight and Councilman Timothy Dunn. Pay particular attention to Councilman Timothy Dunn’s response.
“Mr. Dunn stated that this meeting is open to the public, it has been legally posted and announced through the proper procedures, and he felt Mr. Wight is exaggerating the reaction of the public.”
WOW, “exaggerating the reaction of the public”. HOW DO YOU KNOW? They were not there and you know why they were not. THEY DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT IT... ELECTED REPRESENTATIVE DUNN!
I cannot interpret that comment by Councilman Dunn to be anything less than arrogant. It represents a monumental unwillingness to embrace the spirit of representative democracy.
Someone from the city regime may respond to this post, I assure you if that happens you will hear a lot about how they followed the rules, guidelines, proper procedures. To that, we should remember this adage...
“just because you can do something, doesn’t mean you should.”
In closing please, two things...
1) Let these Elected and Hired servants of the people know what you think.
2) Don’t teach your children/grandchildren to be OK with this stuff.
One more time! It’s OUR money. Are they incompetent or deceptive?