Considering that our elected officials haven't even worked out all the kinks, there's no shame, citizens, in admitting that you don't quite understand how this new strong-mayor government thing works.
And judging by your phone calls and the comments I hear you make, you don't.
I can't tell you how many times I've heard something along the lines of, "Well, the City Council ought to be ashamed ..." in reference to something that the Council no longer has any power over. So here's a clarification: If you're concerned with the direction the city is going, or how money is being spent, or who's getting fired or hired, your beef is probably with Mayor Steve Bach.
Problem is, the mayor isn't usually as readily available as the Council. But he apparently will be this Wednesday, for his first Town Hall meeting. My advice: Take the mayor up on this chance to bitch, give advice, or whatever. Opportunities like this don't come every day.
There's also an upcoming meeting between the Mayor and the Council that promises to be interesting. These monthly meetings provide a time for the two branches of government to work out their differences, and iron out those aforementioned kinks in how the government is supposed to run.
Mayor schedules first-ever Town Hall Meeting.
Mayor Steve Bach has scheduled his first-ever Town Hall Meeting to talk about programs and events centered on downtown Colorado Springs.
The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 22 from 6:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Penrose Public Library’s Carnegie Reading Room (20 N. Cascade Ave.).
In addition to hearing from Mayor Bach, attendees will see presentations from downtown leaders about upcoming planned activities, including the Pikes Peak Hill Climb Fan Fest, Olympic Games Opening Ceremonies watch party and the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. Other planned topics are the Fujiyoshida Fire Festival and “What If” Festival.
Attendees will be given the opportunity to ask questions and provide comments via provided note cards.
Mayor / Counsel Meeting February 22
Mayor Steve Bach will hold his second Mayor/Counsel meeting on Wednesday, February 22, from 10 - 11:30 am. The meeting will be in the community room at the Gold Hills Police Substation, 955 West Moreno. All City Council members are invited to the meeting. The Mayor/Counsel meeting is open to the public and media, however, there is no public comment or questions during the meeting.
Following is the agenda for the meeting:
I. Mayor’s agenda topics
a. Joint staff reports (Final 2012 Budget, Redistricting, Charter review)
b. Strategic plan
c. Process for the Council getting information/issues to Mayor (PERA
d. Executive Branch employee hires and terminations
II. Council’s agenda topics — all Council items will be brought forward by
a. Council-Mayor relationship
b. Council-Mayor roles and responsibilities
c. Mayor-Council trip to Washington DC
d. Plans for Mayor-Council retreat
e. Process for the Mayor getting information/issues to Council (PERA
f. Role of land use in economic development and the future of Banning
III. Future Meeting
a. Wednesday, March 21, 2012, 10:00 a.m. — 11:30 a.m., at Gold Hill Police