ECOG MEETING UPDATE
Please join us for our weekly discussion on issues affecting the City of Englewood, its residents, and its businesses!
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Happy Thanksgiving!!! No Meeting this week
See you Thursday December 5th
All decisions are made by VOTING, on the record during official COUNCIL MEETINGS where the issue being voted on is noticed in the Agenda for a public meeting and the VOTE and Discussion for the VOTE takes place at that time.
We applaud the City Attorney for warning City Council not to VOTE during Study Sessions, but they ignored him and cast votes on Council Member appointments to Boards and Commissions anyway.
It is important that City Council adhere to the laws they swore to uphold when they took office.
These laws were enacted to ensure an open, transparent process.
These appointments should be voted on during the City Council meeting where the votes will be recorded and the discussion on the official record.
Doug Cohn's Meeting Notes for 11-26 City Council Study Session Meeting:
11-26-13 ECOG update
Council Study Session
1. Council policies and procedures led by Atty. Brotzman
1. study sessions-no votes can be made
2. Agendas are created by mayor and manager together
3. It is a time for council to talk with staff
4. There are lots of rules-learn them! These include do not hand out things at the meetings-do it so material is in the packets. You do not need a quorum for a study session-you do for a council meeting. Do not ever offer advice to a police officer while he is on duty.
5. As the Atty, I offer legal advice, what I tell you is true, but it is legal advice, not advocating a position.
6. Executive sessions-the way we do it is OK. We list it on the web site and agenda and always take a vote after we get into the room. There is no penalty for discussing what goes on in an executive session, but you may make your fellow council people mad.
7. Council and city employees-staff has a rule – go through the chain of command, you may not get information directly from an employee-we want all info to go through managers office to make sure it is correct.
2. Budget-Frank G- we have an outcome based budget, not an incremental one. Future looks better, looks like only $900,000 short. Our citizens are getting a good deal-it only costs $1320 for each and every soul in town to do our operations! We are currently $137,000 short on the COPS grant to keep the extra officers.
3. Dartmouth bridge-we are applying for grant to rebuild the deck-it needs some help.
4. Boards and Commissions-Linda was voted onto EHA board -4-3 vote—only one with competition.
5. Christmas lights along Broadway-let’s use BID money-no, lets not. They voted to spend $10,000 to put up lights if they can be in place by Dec. 6. Gary says we will use money from the donor’s fund.
6. Boards and Commissions-citizen members
From City web site
Interested in volunteering on a board or commission?
If you are interested in applying for a board or commission, you can apply online, download an application from the link below, or call the City Manager's Office (303-762-2311) to have an application mailed to you. The deadline is January 3, 2014
Applications may be completed and submitted online or returned to the City Manager's Office, City of Englewood, 1000 Englewood Parkway, Englewood, Colorado 80110.
- Alliance for Commerce in Englewood (three regular members and one alternate member)
- Budget Advisory Committee (one regular members)
- Cultural Arts Commission (one alternate member)
- Election Commission (one regular member)
- Keep Englewood Beautiful Commission (five regular members)
- Malley Center Trust Fund (one regular member)
- NonEmergency Employee Retirement Board (one regular member)
- Parks and Recreation Commission (two regular members and two youth members)
- Planning and Zoning Commission (one regular member)
- Police Officer Pension Board (one regular member)
- Public Library Board (one youth member)
- Transportation Advisory Committee (two regular members)