Howard Stoller made brief remarks and everyone introduced themselves
Morris Common Council President
years ago Morris commented on the incredible level of public participation, and
that has only increased with a large involvement of
Task Force -- more citizens than public officials.
Group -- reinvigorated 1 1/2 years ago
building program -- headed by Historic Albany
access TV -- on the horizon
works best when citizens are fully engaged.
members of the Common Council have worked hard to encourage this, but the city
budget does not seem to be part of that process.
The Common Council worked hard this fall analyzing the budget but
citizens have little participation, and that lack of impact is very frustrating.
is trying to establish an ongoing Citizens Budget Advisory Group, that would
help inform council members on issues so that there is an impact before the
budget is printed. A process by
which council members can start earlier on the reviewing process so there is:
More time to
Engage in up
front discussions and become proactive, and
is “pre-informed” and information is free-flowing
pointed out that government is a living for many in
and Debt Service,
Management/Landfill Issues, and
than took questions from
stated that the board gets 20 cases a month, and they rely heavily on input
outside the hearing process. Cities
than discussed the Comprehensive plan and how selections are being discussed.
The committee is close to being finalized.
The plan will be integrated into the Board of Zoning appeals as there
will be new zoning ordinances with the plan.
There was more discussion on how the plan will change with the new
discussion followed on the City of
minutes of the previous meetings were approved.
Officer Montesano reminded
also went over the following: reminded everyone that GPS systems continue to be
stolen vehicles; that the police department is creating a relationship with
CDARPO (the Capital District Association of Rental Property Owners); the
Citizens Police Academy; the delivery driver safety program; introduced Rick
Romand, who is the new Community Service Officer; and
that he and Officer Janet Parker can be reached at 458-5669. Discussion
Sewer Overflow Committee
was a reminder that the retirement party for Bill Bruce is set for March 20.
meeting adjourned at 8:52 PM.
5, 2008 Attendees