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Citizen’s Comments: Please E-mail Mayor and Council

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As I recall, I have used this blog as a platform to urge people to take action on an issue just one time: during Governor Quinn’s dithering over the death penalty ban. I felt that since lives were at stake I was justified in using the blog in that way.

I am going to do it again, this time on a local issue. Newly elected mayor Joel Fritzler has decided to move citizen’s comments to the end of city council meetings. For as long as I can remember, they have been at the beginning of the meetings.

Fritzler has offered some weak reasons for moving citizen’s comments to the end. He claims the move makes the comments more like “new business.” He claims the move will actually increase participation. He cites his experience observing German city council meetings.

None of these reasons are good enough. The fact is, moving the citizen’s comments makes it more difficult for citizens to comment at council meetings. That is unacceptable.

At Tuesday’s meeting, the council ultimately voted to override Fritzler on the placement of council comments, but the change was only for that night’s meeting. Fritzler said that no one had contacted him to oppose the move.

That claim inspired me to post this item asking concerned community members to contact Fritzler and the council members and express your support for returning citizen’s comments to the beginning of council meetings.

You can find the necessary email addresses on the city’s website by clicking this link. I urge you to take a couple of minutes and drop the mayor and council members a line. Tell them that you oppose moving citizen’s comments to the end of council meetings.

Comments are welcome.

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Written by The Carbondale Observer

June 8, 2011 at 7:44 am

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  1. […] wrote a post last week urging people to email the mayor and council about the recent decision to move […]


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