Our hardworking City Council has a full agenda for 1/9/18. It includes two public hearings (one on the City's 2017 - 2027 Comprehensive Plan and one on the parking ordinance) as well as the regular meeting held each second Tuesday of the month. All meetings include a period for public comments as well as a Mayor's report and City Administrator report.
Additionally, the Chief of Police gives a monthly report on his department's activities at this and every first meeting of the month.
this does not seem right at all..a parking ordinance to be voted on (agenda # XIII 2.) when there has been no citizen input nor has the proposed ordinance been circulated . 25 -30 people showed up to voice their feelings last meeting then the agenda item was tabled for the second time..Now it is back on the table a few days after the HOLIDAYS with no Big Bend Sentential published to give notice.. this does not fit the the bill as transparent nor a wish for citizen involvement. quite the opposite
Trimtab2 - I'm hoping that item is only on the agenda so that it may be voted down and not discussed any further - period. In that case, it would need to be posted on the agenda. I doubt that's the case, however. If a version of the original ordinance (or a rumored hiring) is going to be sprung hours before the meeting (like the Nov 14th mtg), that would be egregious. Many people at the last meeting, myself included, chose not to speak out because it would be discussed at this mtg. and the issue was tabled.
By the way, I can not believe how many I cars were being pulled over this weekend. Wow. An unapologetic policing nightmare. Instead of "fixing" the parking, how about figuring out a way to ratchet back the police state?
While I know there were frustrations related to the sheriff's department response and transparency regarding some domestic calls, fear-mongering is now being used to manipulate public opinion and justify a 5 person force. I don't know of one person that thinks the status quo practices in-any-way resembles "community policing". Vague "public safety issues" are the rationale for a parking ordinance and vulnerable, unsafe and unprotected citizens suffering from "cycles of abuse" to justify an over-reaching police force.
I hope someone other than Brit Webb (who voted against a police force, ironically) has the courage to call a spade a spade and move forward to fix the police problem and kill any talk of an ineffectual parking ordinance.