The agenda for today’s (February 1, 2022) City Council meeting includes a public hearing on a Civilian Review Board. The problem is that the agenda has no link to the document that would be the subject of the hearing. Previous administrations always had a link to such documents. Maybe it is somewhere on the city’s website, but I have been unable to locate it.
I texted Commissioner of Public Safety, James Montagnino, inquiring where the proposal for a CRB is but got no response.
The hearing was set back in early January. I was surprised at the time that the document did not accompany this action.
What is the point of attending a hearing when a citizen has not had the opportunity to educate themselves on the proposal?
It would be helpful to know who is responsible for the failure to make the proposal available. Was it the person responsible for posting the agenda on the city’s website? Does the proposal even exist?
It’s great that the new members of the Council are touting the need for transparency but they need to educate themselves on the procedures that make transparency possible.
It will be interesting to see how the members of the City Council respond to this tonight.