November 13, 2010 at 6:00 pm in INFORUM
A closed meeting sanctioned by elected officials, even a marginally legal meeting, is usually a mistake. Continue Reading
Tags: army corps of engineers, closed meeting, Dennis Walaker, Editorial, Opinion, red river diversion 4 Comments »
Fargo’s Mayor has a history of closed meetings, remember the NDSU basketball palace meeting to spend 30 million Fargo dollars on Chapman’s campus to expand the dome?
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â€œSo again, why was the meeting closed?â€
I canâ€™t speak for Fargo, but in Moorhead that is business as usual.
If the press and the public is in attendance, there is always the possibility that someone may ask embarrassing questions for which elected officials have no answer.
If the public is kept in the dark until the last possible moment, they will have little time to do any research and mount a reasoned response because they will have no idea what the final proposal looks like.
Then, when a member of the public questions the validity of a point, these officials can cite data and research discriminated at the clandestine meetings and make the questioner look like a fool.
This doesnâ€™t have to be done too many times before no member of the public cares to risk this ridicule, and unsound programs go unchallenged.
Under Mark Voxland there is no such thing as transparency in Moorhead City Government. Thankfully, this is his last term.
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Basically their message is – ‘Now that we have your money (sales tax increase) don’t bother us while we decide how we spend it.’
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The downstream people are used to being dismissed by the metro flood group, but now they are even keeping their own people out of meetings? Nice.
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