Friday, April 13, 2012

Government transparency reminder – public meeting this Monday. Where is the agenda/notice to the public? (Updated 3:20 PM Friday)

It is after noon on the last business day prior to a public government event.  Do you know where the agenda is?  There is a Council Workshop - Committee of the Whole Meeting scheduled to take place Monday, 6/16, that listed on the Palmetto Bay official website as of noon, Friday, April 13, 2012, one business day prior to the event:

Monday, April 16, 7 pm
Council Workshop - Committee of the Whole Meeting
9705 E. Hibiscus Street

The Village of Palmetto Bay Council shall be meeting for a Council workshop on Monday, April 16, 2012 at 7:00 pm.

That was all the information provided until I found the agenda posted at 3:20 PM on Friday.  See the Palmetto Bay Agendas and Minutes page

I disagree with any opposing view point; this is not reasonable notice to the public.  I would really hate to see a gathering of residents representing only one side of an issue in attendance to support or oppose an issue.  That might lead me to believe that the attendees are being tipped off or controlled to try to manipulate how issues are decided. 

It is easy to keep a running list of items to be discussed.  There must have been a purpose for this Council Workshop - Committee of the Whole Meeting to be called.  Items could be added to a running published agenda, but at least provide people with reasonable notice so they can make arrangements in advance to be there or advise their representatives to be there if needed. 

You can click "Read more" below to read the items posted at 3:20 PM.  Let's see if anything new gets added between now and the start of the meeting.

Committee of the Whole Workshop
April 16, 2012 – 7:00 p.m.
Village Hall Council Chambers
9705 E. Hibiscus Street
Palmetto Bay, FL

1. Updates during Council Meeting by Village Commander (Mayor Stanczyk)
2. Presentation of Operation Look-out (Mayor Stanczyk)
3. Review of the form evaluations distributed at a previous COW regarding evaluation
of the Manager and Clerk (Mayor Stanczyk)
4. Thalatta Hours of operation, staffing and parking (Mayor Stanczyk)
5. Thalatta income and expenses related to staffing and rentals (Mayor Stanczyk)
6. Consideration of placing art in Palmetto Bay Park (Vice Mayor Pariser)
7. Shade trees for Palmetto Bay Park (Vice Mayor Pariser)
8. Status of LEED certification for Village Hall and electricity savings to date from
solar panels on Village hall (Vice Mayor Pariser)
9. Village website posting of official documents (Councilman Tendrich)
10. Village Comcast Channel/Live streaming video (Councilman Tendrich)
11. Building and Permitting Advisory Committee Report (Councilwoman Lindsay)
12. Neighborhood Preservation and Compatibility (Councilwoman Lindsay)
13. Update concerning November election and ballot length
14. Public Comments
15. Other Business
16. Adjourn


  1. How does they get away with this type of behavior? Shouldn't the agenda be put in a newspaper advertisement?

  2. There is no excuse for this type of secretive behavior from a government.