15 Minute Meeting: First Township Committee Meeting of 2013 Disingenuous to Residents

1st Township Committee Meeting of 2013 Disingenuous to Residents

The first official Township Committee meeting of 2013 lasted all of about 15 minutes according to town officials. The voting was quick and without discussion. Why may you ask did this occur at an open public meeting on the normal Tuesday meeting night? Simply, the new ruling majority of Amlen, Huber, Barnett and Bandrowski went back to their old ways as I mentioned in my previous blog.

On Monday, January 7th, at the firehouse, they spent over two hours in deep discussion over the topics they were going to vote on Tuesday, Jan. 8 at town hall.

These so-called “working group meeting” on Monday night are difficult for the public to attend. Most people are generally busy with their lives, but having to come out two nights in row is a bit much for most. Not to mention you have to stand outside the firehouse doors to be buzzed into the building, when you can simply walk into town hall.

So why bother having a two hour meeting on Monday evening just to have a 15 minute on Tuesday evening? This done by design by the Springfield Democrats. It is their way of keeping the public uniformed. The meeting on Monday night is not recorded for rebroadcast on the public access channel, so none of the discussion that occurred is known to the public. I did wait patiently to see the 15 minute Tuesday night meeting on the public access channel but was informed that the recording system malfunctioned that evening. That was convenient for Mayor Amlen and crew. The next meeting is Jan. 22; let’s see how long this one lasts.

Let your 2013 Township Committee know that tactics like this of keeping the public uniformed are unacceptable.

Email them at the following:

When you send your email, ask for a reply and see what you get.

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