The far more serious matter arising at that evening was the Mayor’s announcement that he would not allow the people to question their representatives in an open meeting as to how a fill dirt contractor became indebted to City taxpayers to the tune of $ 500,000.
We are not talking about a 90 dump loads like were diverted to a project in South Daytona earlier this year, And in which the contractor reimbursed the City with a check. Rather we are talking about thousands of loads.
IS any of this above board, or is it all above board ??
Is this yet another failure of internal controls, or was it caught and properly reported and allowed to continue, and if so by who ??
We do not know because the people were denied the opportunity to inquire.
That is a problem …….. Do you have a proposed solution ???
From: Roberts, Margaret [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Tuesday, July 08, 2014 10:20 AM
To: Noftall, Ted; Kisela, Greg
Cc: City Council; Lewis, Shannon; Fenwick, Robin; Jones, Matthew
Subject: Public participation
Mr. Noftall, On June 30, 2014 after the meeting you made comments as follows::
The public was not given the opportunity to speak on the issue of the account manager.
The council discussion resulted in the city manager indicating that he would bring back a job description for the city council’s consideration. It is my understanding that the city manager has intends to provide the city council the job description and a budget amendment before the city manager adds the new position of account manager to the city organization. You may wish to watch for the July 22 agenda items as referenced herein and request to speak at that time.
Margaret T. Roberts
City Attorney/City of Port Orange, Florida
Phone 386 506-5525/Fax 386 506-5530
From: Ted Noftall [mailto:Ted@TedNoftall.com]
Sent: Wednesday, July 02, 2014 12:32 PM
To: Margaret Roberts (email@example.com)
Cc: firstname.lastname@example.org; Bob Ford (email@example.com); Dennis Kennedy (firstname.lastname@example.org); email@example.com; Drew Bastian (firstname.lastname@example.org); Mayor Green (email@example.com)
Subject: Was State Statute breached.
Good afternoon Margaret,
On Monday evening past Council made several important decisions on two important matters in a 15 minute special meeting that one could argue was designed so as to preclude public comment as it was closely followed with another scheduled meeting
You attended that meeting in your capacity as City Attorney in which the Mayor stated he would take ‘no public comment as this was a business meeting’
In so doing I believed the City failed to comply with State Statute regarding the right of the people to be heard on all matters on which their representatives are deciding.
If you concur I would ask that you propose a remedy which in my mind would be acceptable if action on these matters were delayed until the public was afforded an opportunity to be heard and another vote taken.