Over-crowded council chambers
Outspoken “$1 per year” city advisor Richard Tremitiedi addresses an issue we’ve all known for a long time: We’ve OUTGROWN our City Council Chambers!
Public: herded like cattle in council chambers
“On several occasions in the past and specifically at the last council meeting, I made a request to the council president that when a large turnout is expected to consider changing the venue to a bigger auditorium such as the Wallace School Gym as has been done by the Board of Education in similar situations.
At some meetings, including the last one, the public was hardly accommodated in a reasonably comfortable setting so that business can be conducted professionally and not appear to be a ‘circus like atmosphere’.
This week’s paper makes reference to the March 18th public hearing on the budget, stating: “City Clerk (Jimmy) Farina said on Friday (the 13th) that it was very unlikely that the city would be able to accommodate a change in venue to accommodate more people, as was requested by Council President Nino Giacchi. He said that the cost of the change – renting a sound system and such – cannot be incurred by the city right now.”
With the city now in state supervision for overspending the budget by approximately $11 million, and in view of the fact that the budget is the ultimate financial master plan that affects every resident of the community, I feel that this item is the cost of doing business correctly and will help to avoid the mismanagement of the past.
What does the audience of 411 think?
Former Fire Chief (ret. 1995)”