City Council Late Again

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again — even if no one at City Hall seems to be listening.

For the second time in less than two months, small business owner and local activist Monica Williams scolded Cincinnati City Council Wednesday about its tardiness. In recent months, council has routinely started its afternoon meetings late, while some members skip the public forum or arrive late.

At Wednesday’s meeting, the public forum, scheduled for 1:30 p.m., began at 1:42 p.m. The main council meeting, scheduled for 2 p.m., began at 2:23 p.m., after council members took a break to privately confer among themselves or
visit their offices.

Williams noted that many residents must take time off from work to attend council’s afternoon meetings if they want to provide input on local issues. Mayor Mark Mallory and city council should respect that sacrifice and handle business in a timely manner, she said.

“If this is the people’s council … and I can get away from my job, it’s unfortunate that members of council can’t do the same,” Williams said.

A few years ago then-Councilman Paul Booth suggested city council meet during the evening to make it easier for residents to attend. But the proposal got a chilly response. As a compromise, four nighttime meetings are held each year, or one each season.

Williams and other residents also have criticized city council for not paying attention during the public forum, instead typing on their Blackberry or other PDA devices.

— Kevin Osborne

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2 Comments on “City Council Late Again”

  1. Who in their right mind would give to or do business with someone who advocated for a boycott of the city?

  2. Monica Says:

    I suppose I should be surprised by the comment above but I am not. Cincinnati is full of small minded people who lack both vision and intelligence, which could be why the city is in the shape that it is today. Just think where we would be if in fact our police department was actually held accountable for its misdeeds.(boycott demand) I wonder if we would be facing record homicide levels? What if there were actual civilan review policies that were more than simply lip service? (boycott demand) What if a plan were put into place that actually addressed the economic disparities that exist in Cincinnati (boycott demand). If there were more people in this city like me; more people willing to do more than whine, complain and criticize than maybe Cincinnati would be a good place to live for all of its citizens and not just for a privileged few.

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