The resolutions removed can be viewed here:
•One of those resolutions deals with the behavior of the City Manager in the recent municipal election, and one deals with diversity and a non- hostile work environment.
•Three of the resolutions address public safety concerns resulting from the unfortunate and disappointing suspensions of six of our Univiersity City Firefighters by the City Manager. Your tax dollars are being used to pay overtime in order to staff at a minimal level to cover the shifts. Last Sunday our fire department was not fully staffed. Our number one concern as your Councilmembers should be public safety, and the city is not doing its job.
•The sixth resolution is a reprimand of Councilmember Kraft for his use of an explicit profanity directed at a citizen who was addressing the council. Dr. Kraft immediately denied he done this. Both actions show his disrespect for the citizen who was speaking and the citizens in the audience, and dishonor the Council and the City. Never before has any member of Council sought to remove an item placed on the agenda by another member, nor has the majority ever suspended the rights of members to place issues on the Agenda, though last December Mr. Glickert and Mr. Sharpe attempted to change Council Rules proposing a Gag Rule to effectively muzzle some Councilmembers from raising issues of importance to constituents. The removal of resolutions from the agenda by those who did not put them on the agenda is a violation of both Council Rules and Robert’s Rules of Order. The removal of the rights of a member of this Council to bring a motion or resolution to the Council is a removal of your right to be represented. (June 2, 2014 Announcements & Comments.) Without any discussion or debate from the other members of Council, this maneauver passed 5:2, leaving me with the distinct impression it has been coordinated before the meeting.
Citizens have a right to be heard and right to representation. You have a right to know where your representatives stand so you can hold us accountable. Where do we stand on matters of public safety? Do we condone the use of explicit profanity aimed at a citizen during the meeting? Do we respect the rules and the rights of members of this Council to represent their constituents, even if they are in the minority? Do we believe that rules apply to all, or are they applied selectively? You are entitled to know.
These resolutions are back on the agenda for now because citizens requested they be, but I cannot predict what will happen during this meeting. The City would like for all of this to “go away,” and some members of council have used every procedural move to avoid going on record. I hope you will attend the City Council meeting tomorrow at 6:30 PM. Only your attention can bring a change.