What work lies ahead?
“I’d also like to see us continue to work on transparency and accountability by making all documents which are reviewed by the Board in their meetings available electronically to the public (and even the Board) several days prior to the meeting. As much as anything, the Board has to set and abide by deadlines for submitting items for inclusion on an agenda as well as the supporting documents for those agenda items. This may be a bigger issue to me than anyone else as I envision not being on the Board but wanting to still see everything.
Things I wish the public knew…
Jackson: “So many thoughts whizzing through my mind on that one. One of the highlights of my board experiences is the learning. There are so many things that the average person just doesn’t think about but that have to take place to keep a municipality running. I don’t think anyone who sets out to serve on the Board can adequately anticipate the issues that will be presented or be fully prepared. I mention this for two reasons: One is so that someone who might be interested in serving wouldn’t discount the idea because they don’t know the intricacies of public utilities or fire or police departments but approach it with an understanding that they will need to work to gain the needed knowledge. I also mention it because I think of the times that AFTER a vote, someone will say ‘well why didn’t you consider/do XYZ.’ Quite simply, we may not have thought of it. People should consider attending the meetings and sharing their ideas, especially if it is an area where they have unique knowledge. We’re all simply looking for the best solution, not claiming to always have the best solution.