RUBBER STAMP RIDES AGAIN. Apparently Minnetrista council members are fine voting to update city policy without knowing what the updates are. In a 4-1 vote last night that’s exactly what happened. Under the consent agenda at our council meeting was an item updating the city’s Post-Issuance Debt Compliance Policy. In the policy/backgrounder (pg 30) provided there was nothing summarizing what was being updated and council was not given the changes in any form where we could see what, exactly, was being changed. Call me crazy but I said I couldn’t vote to approve updates without knowing what they are. The Mayor felt otherwise and indicated that as long as the finance director and city attorney had read it, that should be enough for council. I was cut off when I attempted to remind the council that approving city policy is the council’s job, not the job of city staff. Apparently not in Minnetrista.
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Blogger, Shannon Bruce, writing about matters of civic importance in Minnetrista, MN. BA, Political Science, University of Colorado-Denver, Graduate work at University of Colorado Masters in Public Administration program. Former AT&T Government Affairs Specialist; Internship National Conference of State Legislatures, Denver. View all posts by Minnetrista Governance Blog