PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT:

Too often we are hearing from those in City Hall that they are doing what is required to inform the public. Posting documents and notices on line, placing public notices in the paper for public hearings as per state law but without any context. This is tantamount to saying public involvement is something to be dealt with not embraced.  This attitude, in part, has contributed to the decline of public participation. The result is a wealth of knowledge, new ideas, and different perspectives not being considered or utilized. At a time when the city is facing many challenges we can use all the help we can get.  And there needs to be a realization of who the boss is–The public.

http://questeverything.blogspot.com/2011/08/public-involvement-more-or-less.html

  • Continue to go beyond, “the letter of the law,” to engage the public in city issues—blogs, FredTalk, Facebook, OpEds etc.
  • Work with the local press to put issues in context to better inform the public.
  • Actively engage civic organizations in the decision making process

The Issues

PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT:
Too often we are hearing from those in City Hall that they are doing what is required to inform the public. {more…}

THE END TO BUSINESS AS USUAL:
No matter the adversity there are always opportunities. While presenting significant challenges to local governments in providing levels of service expected by residents {more…}

TAXES: 
I cannot understand those who justify raising taxes because our tax rate is lower than other localities or those who opposes tax increases on the basis that taxes are too high. {more…}

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT 
“Even before the recent economic crash it was evident the city needed to diversify its tax base. {more…}

HISTORIC PRESERVATION: 
“As we consider the future development of our communities we must keep three simple truths in the fore front of our deliberations…" {more…}

CONSERVATON: 
“You’re going to get a lot of people pushing to open that river up,” Kelly said. “ {more…}

TRANSPORTATION: 
“At the end of the day, what I want to be able to do is say, alright, [GWRC], if you want to take care of transportation, these are the projects you’re going to need, this is how much it’s going to cost, this is how much we’re going to get from the state…{more…}