City council will have another “special” meeting Monday, January 25, 2016. They like to handle really important issues at “special” meetings since so few members of the public even know about them.
This meeting is being called to discuss and take action on four issues that are important to us as citizens.
- Approving a list of projects constituting the “City of El Paso Street Infrastructure Capital Plan”
- Approving a list of projects constituting the “El Paso Quality of Life Bond Issue FY2020 Plan”
- Presentation and discussion on debt modeling for capital projects.
- Discussion and action regarding a resolution authorizing the City Attorney to sign an amendment to the Engagement Agreement by and between the City of El Paso and Ross Fischer for the purpose of increasing the project budget and new law firm name.
Each of these issues will impact the citizens significantly. We should be able to give council our thoughts about what they are going to do.
There is a problem though. We don’t know what they are thinking about doing.
No backup material
Even though city ordinance 018031 requires the backup material to be provided by noon on the Thursday before the meeting, nothing has been posted on the city’s web site as of Friday when this article was being written.
Ordinance 018031 makes this statement:
“WHEREAS, the public is entitled to know in advance which subjects will be discussed and acted upon at City Council meetings so that the public can provide or request additional information, communicate with Council members, arrange for themselves or others to attend Council meetings, and otherwise prepare themselves to express their opinions regarding action of the City Council;”
I’d call the City Clerk and ask that she get the information posted but, as we know, the city is closed on Friday.
So much for transparency.
We deserve better