Jane McWilliams is a long-time friend of mine. She was a good friend of my late Mother-in-Law, Marjorie Cox, she sings in the choir of my church, the UCC, she served on the Planning Commission with me some years ago, and she is currently helping me with ArtSwirl. We met the other day, to talk budget, and she shared a little about her role as Observer for the League of Women Voters.
I’ll admit, as a member of a Triumvirate that claims to aggregate active blogs that focus on community issues, I had to ask myself why we weren’t paying proper respect to the League’s site. In my never humble opinion, they compare favorably with any with which I am aware.
Jane’s report on Monday night’s Council Meeting is a case in point. It is as thorough as any summary that I have seen and seems to strive hard to be objective. At the very least, it highlights all of the important topics discussed at the meeting.
Of particular interest to me was the discussion of the Boards and Commissions. It appears that the Arts and Culture Commission asked for some funding and as a result the Council began to discuss their individual philosophies regarding these citizen-staffed entities.
If I can try to understand the two perspectives, our elected officials seemed to differ on whether the members of the Boards and Commissions were supposed to independently come up with recommendations to the Council or were supposed to dutifully carry out the wishes of the Council. I suppose that these two points of view could either be considered semantic nuances or polar opposites.
I thought was grist for an interesting discussion mill. Should the Boards and Commissions be independently thinking about how to best achieve the goals of the community or should they be steadily and systematically implementing the specific objectives of the Council?