Q: Are the actions of committees more/less important than the actions of city council as a whole?
A: Committees are divided into smaller numbers and assigned to work with different city departments or on special projects. Committees meet to review, study, investigate and then report to the Mayor and Council as a whole so that good decisions can be made by all. The City Council passes ordinances that govern the city which is the final step of the process. Since the City Council ultimately has the final decision, I feel Council as a whole is more important. However, it is important to note that committees serve a paramount purpose in the process. Without them and their hard work, the Council would have no research by which to pass these ordinances.
Q: Should committee minutes and actions be posted on the city’s website?
Q: Should city department heads be required to give in-person quarterly reports to a full council?
A: I think department heads should be at every council meeting so that if questions arise, they are available to answer them. I also think that printed monthly financial reports should be given to each council member, not an oral quarterly report. Three months can sometimes make a big difference in a budget. With a monthly printed report you can watch the dollars as they are being spent and know what each department has left and whether there should be concern. If concern arises or information is needed then ask the Mayor to request a report from the department at that time.
Q: In your opinion, what are the critical issues facing Glasgow over the next two years?
A: Jobs for our citizens and incoming revenue. If we work to get new jobs in our area, revenue will follow.