12/28/2008 9:22:00 PM Can O' Worms #5 Government In Action - Part One: Meeting Minutes On City's Web Site
Visit the city's Web site for the official minutes of public meetings. Not only will you see transcripts of your city government in action, you may occasionally see evidence of government inaction. For example, at the November 3, 2008 Board of Works meeting, the City Fire Chief discussed the status of city fire contracts with various townships. The contract with Marion Township was of particular concern. The Mayor suggested that the Marion Township Trustee should meet with the Board of Works. Subsequently, a motion was made to have the Fire Chief invite the Township Trustee to the November 17th Board of Works meeting. The motion was seconded and carried unanimously. (See Excerpt #1 below).
Yet, the minutes from the November 17, 2008 Board of Works meeting contain no reference, comment, question, or follow-up of any kind about the motion. Apparently, the Township Trustee did not attend the meeting. Why not? Did the Township Trustee refuse to attend? Did the Fire Chief fail to invite the Trustee? If there was a failure to carry out a Board of Works motion, should the Fire Chief be disciplined? I don't know. There's not enough information in the minutes. I'm just saying...
However, there's enough information to keep you current on some of the city's government activities. And that's better than nothing at all, don't you agree?
You can read minutes from all 2008 public meetings of the Shelbyville Common Council and the Board of Public Works and Safety at the City of Shelbyville Web site. Click Here
In the meantime, here's a couple of excerpts from the November 3, 2008 Board of Works meeting:
BOARD OF PUBLIC WORKS AND SAFETY
Regular Meeting - November 3, 2008
The regular meeting of the Board of Public Works and Safety of the City of Shelbyville, Indiana, was held in the Common Council Chambers of City Hall on Monday, November 3, 2008, at 5:31 P.M. All Board members were present, and Mayor Furgeson presided.
In new business, Fire Chief Todd Anderson presented for approval the fire contracts between the City and Addison Township with a 5.4% increase for 2009 and Shelby Township for the same as 2008 but an increase of up to 10% if their funds warrant it. Chief Anderson added that Marion Township has been asked to do the same as Shelby Township, but Township Trustee, Virginia Blaich has refused the contract unless it is at the 2008 rate. Chief Anderson read a letter dated August 22, 2008 that he sent to Mrs. Blaich that urged her to sign the contract even if she could not pay the 10% increase, but to pay as much as she could if possible of the requested increase. Chief Anderson also wrote to Mrs. Blaich if she failed to sign and return the contract, a real possibility would exist that the City would not be able to provide fire protection to Marion Township. Chief Anderson added that Mr. Dwain Laird called him and told him that Mrs. Blaich could not pay the increase. Chief Anderson added that he received a note from Mrs. Blaich dated October 30, 2008 stating that she would not sign the 2009 contract and to send her a contract at the 2008 rate of $17,488.68 and she would then agree to that, otherwise no contract. Mayor Furgeson stated that this is a serious situation that needs to be resolved and urged that Mrs. Blaich meet with the Board at their November 17th meeting. Mr. Barrick moved to have Chief Anderson write Mrs. Blaich a letter and invite her to the November 17th Board meeting, and Mr. Baumgartner seconded. There was no public comment. The motion was carried on a 3-0 voice vote. Mr. Baumgartner moved to approve the fire contracts for Addison and Shelby Townships, and Mr. Barrick seconded. There was no public comment. The motion was carried on a 3-0 voice vote.
Continuing in new business, Fire Chief Todd Anderson requested permission to advertise for bids to redo the ambulance leases. Mr. Baumgartner moved to grant permission to advertise to redo the ambulance leases, and Mr. Barrick seconded. There was no public comment. The motion was carried on a 3-0 voice vote.
There being no further business, Mr. Baumgartner moved to adjourn, and Mr. Barrick seconded. The motion was carried on a 3-0 voice vote.