Q: What is the role of a city council member in conducting city business?
A: Our role is to address the concerns of the citizens, to research their issues, and discuss those issues before the council. To use their expertise in any given area to enlighten the other council members not familiar with the issues. To work with the mayor to make decisions that would make Glasgow a better place to live and work.
Q: Are the actions of committees more/less important than the actions of city council as a whole?
A: I think committees are very important, in that there are a lot of hours served in order to make recommendations to the mayor and the city council on concerns and issues so that the council can pass the ordinances that allow the city to function in a manner that is advantageous to have good city government.
Q: Should committee minutes and actions be posted on the city’s website?
A: I don’t think committee minutes and actions would be of any advantage to be posted on the website. Minutes and actions are available to the public and the media, as well as any concerned citizen. The public is invited to committee meetings and their suggestions are addressed and used in a lot of cases. I have served on almost every committee if not all, over my 16 years as councilmen. Over the last four or five years we have spent a minimum of three times the amount of time spent in previous years, but this has been good for the citizens in that we are now in hard times and a lot of these committee meetings have made a difference in our efficient, current operating procedures.
Q: Should city department heads be required to give in-person quarterly reports to a full council?
A: I think that semi-annual or annually would be sufficient, in that if you are an active councilman you are already aware of how the department is running and the hurdles that have to be addressed. The department head understands that issues on a daily basis and addresses those issues.