Salisbury, MD: Now that City Council President Terry Cohen has finally got an agenda in on time, it has given SAM I AM enough time to properly review the agenda for the the Work Session on July 5th, 2011.
As it appears, the items on here are the issues that get Camdenites excited and are regular topics at Camden Neighborhood Association meetings.
4:30 p.m. Follow-up on Ethics Ordinance – Council/Paul Wilber.
- Ethics has always been an issue for Terry. She was the subject of an ethics hearing over a year ago.
- Maybe the requirement that Brenda Colegrove attend Camden Neighborhood Association meeting should be discussed.
5:00 p.m. Follow-up on Tenants’ Rights Addendum – Council/Paul Wilber
- Still trying to figure out the purpose of this and why Landlords should be required to provide this. The website addresses are so long it is ridiculous.
5:30 p.m. Follow-up on Towing Ordinances – Council/Paul Wilber
- Hopefully this will get resolved with some common sense.
5:55 p.m. BREAK (Debbie and Terry are providing cool-aid.
6:05 p.m. Code change to 5.22.270 Cable Television Franchise Fee (PAC14) – Pam Oland
- This is an issue that needs to be left alone. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. If Jim vetoes this we will remove all negative images of him from this site.
6:15 p.m. Audit rebid – Pam Oland
6:25 p.m. Park and Flea Lease Agreement with Urban Salisbury – Pam Oland
6:35 p.m. Constituent Handicap Parking Request – Pam Oland
6:45 p.m. CDBG Revised Action Plan Consensus Request – Terry Cohen/Council
- SAM I AM is going on record that these idiots have no clue what they are doing. “Let’s tell the Church Street and other minority areas in the city to go to hell because only Camden matters.” – alleged CNA bylaws.
6:55 p.m. Continuing discussion on Council Rules of Order – Council
- Renamed Boss Cohen’s rules of order….
7:25 p.m. General discussion/upcoming agendas
- Tim wants to know if Brenda Colgrove needs to be present when he visits Debbie’s house.
7:30 p.m. Adjourn
>The Great Green One has been shaking things up this week as Health Benefits for elected officials became the front and center issue. He put forth his argument and the Ethics Commission will render an opinion to determine if the two Councilwomen wrongly advocated for their benefits.
The argument that Mayor Tilghman had no authority to remove it from the budget falls short. Since the Salary Review Committee said that City Council Members are considered Part-Time, the compensation of $10,000 per year is satisfactory. $7,500 per year of Health Insurance was not offered as a part of the compensation and it not even in the Municipal Code as a part of the compensation package for elected officials. With that perspective Mayor Tilghman was within her authority to exclude it from the budget just like she excluded the annual stipend for the Curator of Poplar Hill Mansion.
Thanks to the Grinch for putting this issue front and centerfor the public to see.
>As we speak the Ethics Commission is reviewing the Grinches’ Complaint. Hopefully they will recommend that changes be made one way or the other by modifying the Compensation of Elected officials — officially.
>As the Great Green One stood up and did the right thing by requesting the Ethics Commission review recent actions by the Salisbury City Council during their budget process but the Wizard feels the new Mayor should be looked at in this process as well. When former Mayor Barrie Parsons Tilghman submitted the FY2010 budget to the City Council, it then became the Council’s Budget.
Terry Cohen is absolutely wrong in asserting that Mayor Tilghman needed council action in removing Health Insurance. The reason is simple, Health Insurance is not in the city charter or code as a part of the compensation for elected officials. It has never been recommended by the Salary Commission. It has never been added to the city charter or code. Therefore, Mayor Barrie Tilghman was well within her authority to remove it from the budget.
Debbie Campbell advocated in the budget session to have it placed back in the budget as did Terry Cohen. Thinking they found a loophole, they convinced Mayor Jim Ireton to make a “correction” to the budget, siting precedent by previous Salisbury Mayors. However, he did it while the Council had the budget, adding an item that the Council had not come to a consensus in a work session. Gary Comegys attempted to do it properly by putting forth an amendment to officially come to a consensus, then vote on the budget, with or without health insurance.
Doing it the way they did it has brought about all types of issue, namely was Mayor Ireton being ethical when he placed this item back in the budget? This is certainly not a good way to start off your first 100 days as Mayor.
News reports have erroneously reported that this was placed back in as an amendment. That is incorrect as there was no consensus by the City Council during the budget session. Fixing it is the key now and Council Members must take responsibility for their decisions.