She’s holding Mansfield officials to promises????

MANSFIELD — City officials have been put on notice: They will be held to their promised goal of leaving enough time for the public to react to proposed legislation before council votes.

Deborah Mount, who frequently sits in on council meetings as a member of the Cherry Hill Neighborhood Watch Group, sent an email Friday to city council members and the law director’s office, expressing frustration that Tuesday’s legislation up for a vote had not been posted online at www.ci.mansfield.oh.us.

Council voted this spring to merge its caucus discussions, formerly held on the first and third Monday of each month, with its voting meetings on the first and third Tuesday. Mount said she was concerned citizens would have little to no notice of pending legislation.

“We were assured at that time that the change would actually be an improvement, and that legislation was due a week and a day before the meeting, so there would be plenty of time for citizen review,” she told city officials in the email.

Mount said she contacted the city Friday and learned the council clerk did not post its legislation because the law director’s office had not forwarded it. The law director’s office told her the legislation would be posted by 4 p.m. Friday.

“As of now, the agenda has still not been posted for public view on the city website,” she wrote Friday night. “Because you have missed the Monday and Friday deadlines, and it can no longer be said that the public had time to see the July 3 agenda, we request that you do not vote on any piece of legislation that has not already been read at at least one council meeting.

“Even if this is the first time this omission has occurred, it should be taken seriously, and time for public review and comment must be provided.”

On Tuesday, Mount said, council legislation was posted Monday morning, but it reappeared with some changed wording later that day, expanding from 27 to 43 pages.

She also would like to see city council stick to its pledge to hold three readings on proposed ordinances. In the past, nearly all legislation approved by city council occurred on a first reading, as an “emergency.”

“Every council session I have attended has had ‘rules suspended’ and a majority of ’emergency’ pieces of legislation,” Mount said in the email.

The Cliffbrook Drive resident said it appeared at least three pieces of legislation would be approved with less than three readings Tuesday. One would accept a grant to run municipal swimming pools this summer. Two related to the proposal to put a 0.25 percent municipal income tax issue before voters this fall.

The “Save Our City” levy would last four years, Jan. 1, 2013, through Dec. 31, 2016, and would provide for “essential public services, including but not limited to streets, jailing of prisoners and providing police and fire protection,” according to wording posted later in the day Monday.

In a previous version posted earlier, the tax had been described less specifically as being “for municipal operation costs.”

Mount said she would not be able to attend city council Tuesday night, but she plans to monitor the city’s promptness in posting legislation.

“It’s just kind of a wait-and-see thing,” she said.

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2 Responses to She’s holding Mansfield officials to promises????

  1. buckeyesyd says:

    Maybe Ms Mount can question the City on why they need MORE money from those who still have jobs and why they’re not creating NEW jobs?.
    Ask the City why Ms Cope the City Safety Service Director is collecting a FULL pension for short term memory while working in this position?. This is after getting caught collecting workmans comp while working for Schmidt Security! – I’m guessing the Mayor is helping her pay back the $29k she fraudulantly collected? – My question is; why it was not reported by the MNJ?

    . It’s also known she was campaign manager for the NEW Mayor, and heard this was the payoff – “the full pension for short term memory” and getting paid full wage as Safety Service Director paying her 80-100k yr and NOW they want to raise the income tax to pay for it?. I guess she needs these 2 incomes since her husband was fired from another bureaucratic system? – Funny how politics works here in Mansfield, so maybe one of them can come here and explain this intel just in?.

  2. buckeyesyd says:

    CENSORED from the MNJ;

    Phil Sydnor · Top commenter · School of Hard Knocks
    “Mount said she contacted the city Friday and learned the council clerk did not post its legislation because the law director’s office had not forwarded it. The law director’s office told her the legislation would be posted by 4 p.m. Friday.”

    Maybe they should forward it to the Mansfielders Perspective page on facebook?, surely it WILL get NOTICED there. Not everyone believes what comes from the Law Directors office, after all the NEW Law Director himself has said a case against a client was “poppycock”; funny! – 4 years later and THAT CASE is still not resolved?

    So much for “poppycock” – I guess he now realizes when he points one finger, there are 3 more pointing back at him?

    Kudos to Ms Mount for holding their feet to the fire!, we NEED more of this and a lot less FEAR in doing it!

    I simply love the article!, the TRUTH is coming on why Mansfield needs this money. If you join the MP’s on facebook you may learn why…

    You will not see this here – http://www.mansfieldnewsjournal.com/comments/article/20120704/NEWS01/207040309/She-s-holding-Mansfield-officials-promises

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