On this weeks City Council Agenda we see the following 2 items listed:
2. Vote – Accept sections 21, 22 and 23 as provided in sec. 21(a) of MGL Chapter 32B, as amended. (Public Hearing continued from August 23, 2011)
3.Executive Session – To go into Executive Session for the purpose of discussing matters relating to a City employee, as well as complaints and/or charges against the City employee
With the negative publicity that was generated the last time these two events were scheduled during the same meeting, here’s hoping the City Council learned a lesson and someone makes the motion to conduct the full City Council meeting including the public hearing before going into Executive Session.
There is no reason for the City Council to subject not only those who are in attendance but those who watch the meeting from home to a prolong period of elevator music and an empty chamber. They all talk about the importance of transparency in Gov’t and that should include the Tuesday Night Council meeting.
Executive Sessions while a necessity of Law should be placed as the last item and the citizens and viewers should come before a single employee or position.
On Tuesday night show the citizens of Lowell that Public participation, either live at the meeting or watching at home comes before private talk on city employees.