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City's leadership failing its citizens

Posted: July 1, 2011 9:46 a.m.
Updated: July 4, 2011 5:00 a.m.

As a public citizen, I take offense at the manner in which the business of Camden is being conducted. Suggesting (in public) that “council members have been giving out false information” shows, in my opinion, a lack of leadership abilities. If the Mayor has a problem with Council members or members of the public, he should deal with that problem as any good businessman does -- in private. As a public citizen, my statements (a year or so ago) were also called into question by the Mayor (in the press) regarding a meeting about the railroad depot -- there could be others who have had the same experience -- I speak for myself! Although the Mayor does not specifically state what supposedly “false information” was given out, in reading the article, one can assume that it dealt with the recommendation for the abolishment of certain commissions. In reference to comments made during City Council meeting, it needs to be stated that in that same meeting, one of the items on the agenda was “Council to consider first reading of an ordinance amending section 32.01 of the City Code”; if it had not been for Councilman Polk’s request to have the wording in the ordinance amended to strike references to the abolishment of certain commissions, that wording would have remained in the ordinance. Were any of the others sitting on Council going to point this out? I suppose Councilman Polk just beat them to it.

Just as a review to those of you who missed it, in the Monday, June 27 Chronicle-Independent, it was reported that in Camden City Council’s work session Thursday afternoon, “…Camden City Manager Kevin Bronson relayed a recommendation to abolish both the city’s Price House and Archives and Museum Commissions.” This, remember, was AT A PUBLIC WORK SESSION! Instead of commission members seemingly being “blindsided” by the recommendation for their abolishment, don’t those serving on those commissions have a right to this information so that they can present how they feel about the matter?

 And one more thing -- I was under the impression that our form of city government was Council/Manager and this meant that the City Manager would bring items to City Council for Council’s deliberation. After all, the voters elected Council members; they did not elect a City Manager. And Council members should not forget that they REPRESENT the people; they were not elected because voters thought that only they would “know best for everyone” on all matters regarding the City. 

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