In surfing the blog on this rainy Saturday October afternoon, we noted that the town of Chesapeake City has a workshop scheduled on Oct. 27. There are some important subjects on the agenda for citizens down that way and the agenda fully discloses those matters. They alo allow public comments.
Here’s what Elkton tells people. They simply announce the time of meeting and that is it! Once a workshop starts anything (and we mean anything) can be discussed, but citizens will have no way of knowing what the elected leadership is considering. Glance at the imgages below from Chesapeake City and you’ll see how helpful that municipal government is at helping people stay informed about its actions.
At these workshops the commissioners typically get the details on proposals, ask questions, and decide how they’re going to vote on an issue. Unless something most extraordinary happens, they will simply cast their vote at the monthly meeting.
We encourage the political leadership in Elkton to start publishing agendas. It’s easy to do, It opens up the political process, is ideal for open government, and just makes sense. How hard can this be to do if the village down on the canal can manage to assembly an agenda for its community of 700 when the county seat with larger municipal government staff can’t inform its citizenry on the most important meetings that they have. By-the-way, to raise a second point, why not allow the citizens to comment at these meetings? By-the time they’re allowed to speak in Elkton, the issue is decided and usually all over with.