Two Committees Formed, One Pending
Ellsworth Williams, Joann Macaluso, Jeanette Criscione, Jan Massey, Fred D. Ellis, Alan Goldstein, Carrie Faraone, Lisa Casey, Shari Effman, Susan Kilduff.
Pui Evans, Greg Meyers, Gayle Z. Bayse, Amanda Smith, Nicholas Stevens, David Williams, Jerry Gainey, Wayne Armor , Susan Kaercher, Donald Robinson.
At the meeting Monday, Councilman Cory Storch said the governing body was "swamped" with applicants for the Economic Growth Committee, but besides residents, he suggested inclusion of non-resident members of the Special Improvement District, the Chamber of Commerce and other local business people. But Councilwoman Linda Carter asked how did the council know whether nominees may have had past business experience. Council President Rashid Burney said extra people could serve on the committee.
The plan was to have two nominees for each of the seven council members, but Councilman Adrian Mapp pointed out a high number of nominees were from the Second and Third wards. Councilman William Reid, who represents the First Ward, said people there told him him they were too busy or they felt the committees were a waste of time.
Last year, the council revived a citizen budget committee, which made several recommendations but also heaped criticism on the administration and council. The council also has a committee structure of its own and each one is supposed to report back to the full governing body. In addition, council members serve as liaisons to various boards and commissions. On Monday, Storch reported on the Planning Board, saying the board had recently done a capital review of road projects. He said sometimes sidewalks were included in the cost of a road project and sometimes not. A written policy is needed, he said, as funds projected for the 15-year plan could probably not cover sidewalks. City Administrator Marc Dashield said there is a policy, but not in writing, He said he would have it put in writing and forward it to Storch.
Although not mentioned at the meeting, there is an ongoing need for residents who want to serve on boards and commissions. The city web site has a downloadable application form that can be filled out and returned to the mayor's office. Most vacancies occur at the beginning of the year. A complete list of impending vacancies was supposed to be compiled as part of the Civic Responsibility Act passed several years ago, but it was never done. However, each year a couple of seats on major boards expire and vacancies may also occur when people move or resign.