Which dumb decision has required Liverpool Councillors to call an extraordinary meeting for this Wednesday at 1.15pm at the Frances Greenway Centre? A first guess would be the new committee and the Mayoral minute, there was a great (& appropriate) to-do about Process and appropriateness with Ned Mannoun standing up in show of his authority and dismissing a call from Anne Stanley… there you go…on further investigations on the council website proves this correct. While I support the position taken by Cllr Stanley and the Labor team -in part supported by Cllr Harle, on the appropriateness of this committee and the mayoral minutes, there use generally and as you’ve read previously my disgust that such a committee could even exist, is this of such urgency that the council be called into special session?
What I couldn’t find on the council website was the original Mayoral minute that introduced this in the first place 🙂
The only two council meetings I’ve missed in the last 5 years have been extraordinary (s)… one that cost us our General Manager and one would consider that was extraordinary considering the battering they had given him in open council…with regard to staff/work/unions etc…
The New questions are:
- Is this extraordinary meeting THAT urgent to justify the cost?
- Could it not have waited until the next scheduled meeting?
- What is at stake that this needs to be dealt with, with such urgency?
- Is the inconvenience justifiable?
- Will there be a quorum? ( we know attendance at other things hasn’t been a priority)
- Will sufficient councillors be available (middle of a work day)?
- Is this another futile exercise given the majority will over rule the minority anyway?
Well Liverpool, only time will tell if your rates dollars are being used to their best advantage, while I’m not privy to the actual cost of holding an extraordinary meeting in a dollar sense…how many of our staff will be taken from their day to day duties to indulge this, will there be peripheral costs that the community will wear and is the time chosen one that encourages open and informed consultation with and in front of the community?
Surely someone out there has a view… an informed view… because let’s face it we’re as usual kept in the dark and only find out what is spoon fed us by those who consider themselves more important…
Here’s a thought maybe the Mayor who gets a direct feed of my posts emailed to him might want to come on and answer some of the questions, I’d be more than happy to post his response in full… 🙂
from councils website:
That Council rescinds Mayoral Minute Liverpool Urban Revitalisation as debated at its meeting of 27 April 2013. (Anyone see the error………….the council meeting was actually on the 24th)
Clr Anne Stanley
Clr Geoff Shelton
Clr Wendy Waller
Clr Ali Karnib