Some interesting revelations came out of the discussion over the Mayor and City Manager’s retreat Monday night and it’s time to DOUBLE DOWN.
Our New Castle County Coordinator, Brett Zingarelli, will be forwarding a more detailed account of the evening in a couple of days, but I had to get some information to you right away.
Two council members heard you loud and clear and made a simple motion to hold off on the retreat until an agenda for it could be properly drawn up by the council, presented to the public, and voted on.
That was a more than reasonable request from the citizens.
We were even optimistic that the entire council would find common sense and vote to TABLE the retreat idea.
Unfortunately, the City Manager revealed that taxpayer dollars had already been allocated for the consultant out of her discretionary budget — per the Mayor’s request — and the Newark Country Club had already been booked for the event.
All of this was done without consultation or approval by the council itself or any appropriate announcement to the public —
— yet the vote was still 4 – 3 to move forward with the City Manager and Mayor’s country club retreat.
It is currently scheduled to be held on Saturday, June 21st from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Newark Country Club, 331 W. Main Street in Newark, and will be open to the public.
And here are the Council members who betrayed the public trust and avoided a common sense approach to this already wacky retreat idea:
Mayor Polly Sierer
Todd Ruckle (District 2)
Margrit Hadden (District 4)
Stuart Markham (District 6)
But I’ve got graver concerns to relay to you.
The consultant that the City Manager has hired to “train” our council members on how to “behave” in their representation of the citizens is David Woglam, the former Borough Manager of Quakertown, PA.
This man appears to have been run out of town while under investigation for, guess what —
— improper handling of the Borough’s money and bad relations with their Council.
And the final private investigator’s report confirmed much of the allegations.
Again, Brett is continuing the research, but it certainly looks like this is the LAST person who should be heading any instructional retreat for our local representatives.
“A municipality is a business, a unique business, but a business nonetheless and the municipal manager is your CEO.” – David Woglam, 8/8/2012
It certainly sounds like this person believes municipal administrations do not answer to the people’s representatives.
You know the old rule; if it looks like a duck and sounds like a duck, it probably is a duck.
But there’s still one option on the table for the citizens of Newark.
Call the following Newark Council members right now and demand that they call a Special Meeting to vote down the Mayor and City Manager’s country club retreat:
Todd Ruckle, District 2
Margrit Hadden, District 4
Luke Chapman, District 5
I hope you agree that the status quo of back room deals and constant disrespect for the proper role and authority of city council members has got to come to an end.
It takes 3 Council members to call a Special Meeting and 4 members to bury this retreat in NO votes.
Call these three council members and demand that they do the right thing.
Urge them to call a Special Meeting immediately and VOTE NO on the Mayor and City Manager’s country club retreat.
Delaware State Coordinator
Campaign for Liberty
P.S. Four Newark Council members voted to move forward with the Mayor and City Manager’s retreat, but the situation just took a new twist.
It appears that the instructional consultant hired by City Manager, Carol Houck, was run out of his own Municipality Manager position in Pennsylvania for the same corruption issues we’ve been struggling with in Newark.
Forward this sign up link to your friends and family in Newark so we can increase the pressure on those Council members who are failing to see common sense and do right by the people: http://eepurl.com/Un3nL