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City mulls meeting reform

first_img Pinterest Previous article‘PE for the Whole Family’ coming upNext articleOPD warns of dispatch scam admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Local NewsGovernment City mulls meeting reform Home Local News Government City mulls meeting reform Creamy Fruit SaladFoolproof Roasted Pork TenderloinSmoked Bacon Wrapped French Vidalia OnionPowered By 10 Sec Croissant Breakfast Sandwich Casserole NextStay Pinterest By admin – January 26, 2018 WhatsApp Church leaders condemn mayor’s disparaging comments Facebookcenter_img Daylon Swearingen competes in bareback riding during the SandHills Stock Show and Rodeo at Ector County Coliseum Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, in Odessa, Texas. Twitter Facebook Landgraf prepares for state budget debate Landgraf staffer resigns following investigation The Odessa City Council may reform its meetings to discuss city business in front of more Odessans, potentially scrapping public sessions where they debate issues before they come to a vote.On the face of it, the discussed changes relate to what room the City Council meets in and when. But council members also pointed to a need to improve transparency, an acknowledgement following the turmoil on the board in 2017, including controversies relating to individual council members and contentious decisions such as the removal of the city manager in September.The meetings the City Council discussed doing away with are already public but are more sparsely attended than the regular meetings inside City Hall chambers where council members vote on public business, which usually fall twice a month.“You’ve got some people out there that say we are not doing a very good job,” District 3 Councilwoman Barbara Graff said, during one of those meetings on Tuesday. “If I came to our council meetings I would leave here not knowing very much about what’s going on with the city.”The other public meetings often involve greater discussion, but a smaller audience that includes presenters or media.One of these meetings is a “briefing” session, generally lasting an hour immediately before the regular council meetings, where council members meet in a smaller room and discuss issues they are about to vote on or broader issues with city staff.On Tuesday, the briefing included a discussion about buying additional property along University Boulevard. A project to widen the thoroughfare is already underway. But the purpose of the additional properties, as they become for sale, would be to make way for further widening of the roadway if needed decades from now.The council discussed options with city staff and did not vote.In weeks where the council does not have a regular meeting, they usually meet for a finance committee. At one such meeting, on Jan. 16, for example, council members discussed creating an economic development zone for downtown Odessa in order to pay for downtown improvement projects. Interim City Manager Michael Marrero said an internal study suggested such a strategy would produce modest returns and asked the council to hire a consultant to study it further.The recent proposals to scrap the finance meeting and the briefing sessions came from Graff and Mayor David Turner.“If you are going to educate the public, we need to do away with the briefing,” Turner said.Anyone can attend the briefings but often do not. District 1 Councilman Malcolm Hamilton said he would not oppose doing away with them and that Odessans “deserve at least that opportunity to hear more of the process.”The officials made their suggestions during a debate sought by Graff about the way the city bundles into a single vote decisions on routine matters like approving meeting minutes, accepting grants and funding scheduled equipment replacements — something called a “consent agenda” that she wanted to pare down or do away with.Top city administrators say the interim city manager and city attorney compiling the consent agenda is an efficient tool common in local government that keeps meetings from running long.Graff stopped short of agreeing with Turner’s proposal to scrap the briefing sessions, saying she wanted to hear presentations such as the one about University Boulevard again if they come before the board for a vote.Issues discussed at the finance meetings often precede a vote the next week.“I like coming to the finance committee because it educates me on probably over half of what were going to discuss in the City Council meeting,” District 5 Councilman Filiberto Gonzales said.Council members did not decide or vote on reforming their meetings Tuesday. And some council members including District 2 Councilman Dewey Bryant and Gonzales said they thought the existing system works.The discussion about reforming meetings did not include the sort of closed meetings that are the subject of an ongoing lawsuit by the Odessa American. The lawsuit, alleging violations of open meetings law that requires most public business to be conducted in public, followed a May 9 meeting where council members met behind closed doors for more than 50 minutes before removing the head of the Odessa Development Corporation without public explanation.But Graff acknowledged the lack of transparency that accompanies such closed sessions, which the public is barred from observing.“Just have a closed session, close the door and don’t let anybody know,” Graff said. “That’s kind of what we are doing.” WhatsApp Twitterlast_img read more

James A. Day

first_imgJames Arthur Day, 75, of Moores Hill, Indiana, formerly of Ft. Wayne, Indiana, passed away Monday, October 23, 2017.He was born August 28, 1942 in Milan, IN, son of the late James Ralph Day and Edith Day.He served his country as a member of the United States Air Force.Jim worked as a Collection Manager for the Ft. Wayne National Bank, retiring after over 20 years of service.Jim, along with his wife Sheri bred and showed Irish Wolf Hounds. He enjoyed fishing, collecting knives and bowling. He was an avid reader, especially sci-fi books. Jim also liked to play games on the computer, he enjoyed playing Eucher and poker online. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.Surviving are wife, Sheri Day of Moores Hill, IN; children, James Shawn (Miranda) Day of Marion, IN, Heather Ann (Mike) Felerski of Fairfield, OH; siblings, Wilma (Mike) Gardiner of Lawrenceburg, IN, Terry (Teresa) Day of Aurora, IN, Mary Day of Cincinnati, OH; grandchildren, James Harlan-Ryan Day, Rabekah Rachael Day, Isaac Edwards Day, Elizabeth Robin Felerski, Tristan John Felerski.He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Richard Day.Friends will be received Saturday, October 28, 2017, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm at the Moores Hill Baptist Church, Moores Hill, Indiana.Services will be held at the Church at 2:00 pm with Pastor Laura Erickson officiating.Contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to the Moores Hill Baptist Church. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

Baffour signs two-year deal with AshantiGold

first_imgEx-Mamelodi Sundowns striker Emmanuel Baffour has signed a two-year contract with AshantiGold to revive his career in the Ghana top-flight.The 24-year-old left the South Africa club two weeks ago to sign for the in-form Ghanaian club after failing to landing a permanent place at Sundowns.Baffour, who was the top-scorer in the Ghana top-flight before signing for the Brazilians two seasons ago, returned home two weeks ago after struggling to land a deal in South Africa.The attacker was seeking other moves in South Africa after he was declared surplus to requirements by Sundowns but it failed to materialise before he signed for AshantiGold.Baffour has spoken for the first time since his return to Ghana and says his two year deal will help him to prove his critics wrong.“I have signed a two-year contract with AshGold. I am confident that this move will help me revive my career after the difficulties I had in South Africa,” Baffour told Asempa FM. “In football sometimes there are up and downs and I embrace my difficulties with a brave face to start again and prove that I am a good player.“I won’t say I failed in South Africa but I will say I had difficulties but to prove that I am a good player I will fight to start against at AshGold.”The striker is seen as a replacement for Yakubu Mohammed at the Ghanaian outfit.Mohammed left the side in July after completing a move to Maritzburg United.Baffour will work on regaining the form that made him the top scorer with 21 goals in Ghana’sPremier League, while he was still playing for New Edubiase in the 2011/12 season.last_img read more