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Things to expect from current, or new, city council

To the Editor:
Listed below are things that citizens of Glencoe should expect from their current or new city council:
• Council should allow citizens to participate in discussions in an open forum during the council meetings rather than being allowed to only make comments at the end of the meeting, after all voting has been completed.
• Council should once again form a street and utility repair fund (as we have had in the past) instead of assessing residents. This would include the repair of current streets like the Armstrong project as well as minor jobs like seal coating. Likewise, the city would only do the work that is covered by the available fund money.  
• Council members should have the right to attend city department meetings such as parks, city water and sewer, streets and fire.
• Council should review the need to have an armed police officer at our council meetings. This can intimidate attendees.
• Council should consider forming a task force to study our police costs.
• Council should consider our attorney being on call rather than attending all council meetings which would save the city over $6,000 a year. The attorney for Flattery & Hood (whom our council hired for charter changes) is on call for seven city councils.
• Council should advocate a change to the City Charter to go back to the way it was prior to the last Charter Commission changes in that the mayor appoints his city administrator, which must then be ratified (or not) by the council.
• Council should revoke its decision to pay for an assistant city administrator. In my research, there are no other cities the size of Glencoe with this appointed position.
• Council should consider rerouting Highway 22 up Chandler Avenue instead of using Hennepin Avenue (through town), not only for a major traffic convenience, but a savings in engineering costs and assessments to business owners who will need to conform to many state regulations (utility regulations, sidewalk regulations, etc.). There are very few businesses on Chandler that would be affected compared to the businesses along Hennepin.
• The Council should make available to the city residents the annual cost of our City Center and profit/loss of income from our City Liquor store/remodeling project.  Currently, the net cost of the City Center is over $200,000 a year.
Gary Ballard and
the Committee for Changes
Glencoe