"This kind of problem of reliable and timely information transmitted to the city council, the advisory board, and the citizens, is not new"

hank4Hank says:
I am being premature, but I suspect that the City manager has a rebuttal to Ted’s negative observations about access to timely and complete information.
I have read the city manager’s replies to previous complaints on this issue,and get a sense that the stock answer to these complaints is that the issue is complicated, attempts at rectification are being instituted, and the city manager understands the concerns.
However, from follow up problems presented to the city manager,I do not get the assurance that full transparency is being afforded to city council, and the advisory board.
This kind of problem of reliable and timely information transmitted to the city council, the advisory board, and the citizens, is not new to the American public, because of similar problems in county, state and national political governmental agencies.
Need I list the informational issues to which Port Orange citizens have been denied full access? Have you noticed that citizens are corrected by governmental entities when they are advised that a closed door meeting will be conducted and the information discussed therein will not be disclosed to the public. If by chance a citizen not accurately describes such meeting as “secret” meetings, the citizen is reminded that the public had been told about such a meeting, and therefore is not a “secret” meeting.
It is my opinion, that the city manager, for whatever reasons, or perhaps acting on Mayoral suggestion, is not inclined to report the news to the citizens of Port Orange as objectively, fully and timely, and thus drives the agency into a nationally recognized general problem with many of our governmental institutions in the nation.
I suspect that there is a delay in relaying certain information, fully accurately and timely, so as to benefit “inside traders and investors” concerned with some of these issues.
I could be wrong about all this, and if so, I have been wrong about all this since George S. was a city councilman who after I raised this issue publically stated that he would not answer any more questions from me,and the mayor said that he had a few words for me but not to say in public.
It is my opinion that the city manager and Mayor do not feel any special responsibilities in these matters, other than their appreciation of who “team players are”.
–hank springer

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