17 Oct If you are on a City Board or Commission, it is not fair to be a no show
Knowing that many were lining up to come to the Metropolitan Planning Commission meeting last night, I was disappointed when I arrived to learn that the meeting would not take place because there was not a quorum. The room applicant for the Whitehall Redevelopment traveled to come to the meeting, a large number of members of the public took the time to attend, but when they arrived three of six members were not present when four creates a quorum. When one seeks and gains an appointment, he or she is doing our community a great service as citizen engagement through the regulatory process creates a balance to city staff and council. And extra eyes are always a good thing when change is at stake. That said, when three are for some reason not able to make a meeting they should at least give advanced notice so that time, money and energy aren’t wasted.
We need this level of engagement but we need it on a consistent basis.
Thanks to the many who serve and for those finding it difficult to make meetings please advise staff in a timely manner.
The meeting to hear and vet the Whitehall project will be rescheduled with ample time for the public to know and plan to be there.