Optional Forms of Government: Meeting Slow Until the End
The Study Commission starts the brainstorming portion of the SWOT analysis and it's painful to watch, but the end of the meeting was well worth the effort for staying the whole time.
Tonight's Optional Forms of Government meeting started off with a brainstorming session for the two forms the commission will be writing about in the report to the Commissioners: the current form of government, and the study commission's preferred form of government, Commission-Manager.
Half of the meeting had absolutely no action for the audience; the study commission placed sticky notes over the walls and then grouped together based on overarching topic. I'm going to list off their topics below in the Strengths and Weaknesses columns for both forms of government.
These lists are based on the study commission viewpoints; the public will have a chance to comment about their recommendations at the public hearing in the middle of January.
Current Form of Government
Preferred Form of Government
COMMISSIONER-MANAGER WITH 5 COMMISSIONERS
I didn't realize when I wrote the list that the weaknesses of the alternate, "preferred" form of government is just as long (maybe even longer) as the list of strengths. Yikes.
There is one thing that the study commission placed on hold for the moment to circle back to later: part of the study commission's responsibility is to determine length of each commissioner term between elections. Right now it's a rolling 2 year/4 year seat process. It'll be interesting to see what they want to change the seat terms to in the future.
At the end of the SWOT discussion, Tamara asked a question to Dave Botting that had just come up: why, when Botting was so hell bent on keeping the the alternatives OUT of the deliberations process that he actually threw his rules out the window and changed bylaws, why is alternate Cheri Zao the one who is writing all the Strengths/Weaknesses and offering suggestions for the best overarching topics?
Dave Botting proceeded to jump down Tamara's throat for asking that question when it was something that had just popped into her mind; Botting's answer was NO ONE ELSE VOLUNTEERED TO WRITE! No joke. That was his answer.
Botting threw SUCH a fit when his rules were being questioned a few weeks ago that he ultimately shut the meeting down to wait for a legal opinion about whether or not they could be held legally accountable if the alternates participated. This week he fully admitted that he went against the rules and didn't care. He even went as far a acting like a middle schooler and screamed that they better just rip up all the pages that Cheri had written and Tamara better start writing it again so that it was fair.
Rules for thee but not for me.
I highly suggest watching the snippet of Botting's tantrum and illegal activity below.
Reminder, there's no meeting next week so the study commission will pick back up on December 1st.