City Council 1-10-2012

This is the meeting wherein this occurred:

Councilwoman Finley : limit public's time to thirty minutes

Councilwoman Finley : limit public's time to thirty minutes

Council Member Finley moved, seconded by Santos, to direct staff to change the Council agenda to have a 30 minute time limit at the first Public Invited to Be Heard.

Council discussed this topic at length.

Council Member Bagley moved, seconded by Coombs, to table the motion until an unspecified time. Vote was taken the motion to table and it carried: 4-3 (Finley, Levison, and Santos dissenting).

— City Council Proceedings, January 10, 2012 (PDF)

Let me jog your memory about the last time this happened:

Having to listen is ridiculous” —Bryan Baum 2010

Mayor Baum “brought it up for discussion” that he wants to limit the entire Pubic Invited to be Heard (PITBH) to only 30 minutes after which each council member would have three minutes “to dispel public untruths”.  If he doesn’t get agreement for this arrangement, he plans to move PITBH to the END of the evening.  He claims that the “business of the city and council is more important” than listening to the public’s concerns, their love for their community and their passion for government in the interest of ALL of the citizens of Longmont.  He thinks “it is ridiculous to have to listen for an hour and a half.”

Look at their expressions. Do they look like they care about what citizens think? The ex-mayor is already crowing about his connections benefitting his business. Isn’t that exactly what they accuse their opponents of doing?

Could this concept now be quietly buried under a nice little memorial and never brought up again? Unless of course the perpetrators are ready for an equal and opposite reaction.

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