Submitted on 2015/12/04 at 9:50 am by Disgusting …..
If the below statements from a City Hall Insider are true about secret council meetings , we find them very troubling.
What we find particularly disturbing is that some of our City Councilman may be conspiring with the City Manager to circumvent Florida Sunshine laws or at a minimum the spirit of that state law.
The dictionary definition of conspiring is: To secretly plot or make plans together, often used regarding something bad or illegal.
by Don Juan Matus …..
A classic example of this is when the city manager recently facilitated individual meetings with each council member, the utility director, and an engineer from Arcaidis Consulting Engineering to persuade them to vote yes at an upcoming council meeting to approve several million dollars worth of task authorizations for master planning development and I&I projects.
This was done behind closed doors and without the knowledge or consent of the taxpayer or dedicated city activists in spite of the fact that a transparent workshop was planned to vet these grandiose requests out in an open forum subject to the scrutiny and introspection of the city council and the citizens of Port Orange. When these tape painting back door meetings failed to realize the objectives of the manager, his utility director, and the preferred engineering consultant the transparent public workshop was summarily canceled by the city manager.