“The prize for having the most people at this meeting goes to the police department,” quipped interim city manager Brian Maxwell.

Indeed, on June 16, the police department spent one hour justifying its request for 12 new people and additional equipment totaling more than $1 million.

Of course, this is not new, it’s been going on for more than 30 years. They always need more officers and more money. About 19 department heads and managers were present for three hours to present their budgetary needs. Maxwell, the city attorney and numerous other employees were present. At $50 an hour, that comes out to be about $4,000.

The stated goal for this meeting was to “educate and create better lines of communication,” but was it really necessary? The meeting disregarded time of senior staff. Did council members feel the same way?

City, if you are short on personnel, don’t waste it.

Then the strange process of assigning council members the gazillions of committees and the omission of Terrilyn Tarlton on the Industrial Development Corporation. Things are certainly mor harmonious. What’s behind the scenes, though?

Thomas Sowell said, “The least productive people are usually the ones who are most in favor of holding meetings.”

George Lee


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