This aggravates me. Thanks to Amy Morton for taking the time to do all of this, but I’m really disappointed in myself.
I had hoped to have zero attendance at meetings I did not need to go to. Somehow or other, though, I wound up going to them.
The truth of the matter is, as I told the Council President and several others after we got started, I wanted to actively make sure to avoid meetings I was not a part of because I absolutely see no need in attending them, despite some sort of expectation that I would. However, as good as my intentions were, there have been a few occasions when we’ve dealt with matters in other committees that I felt obligated to attend, due to the depth of information.
I, for one, however, do not think you need to go to committees you are not a part of. If committees are doing their jobs, and they all are, those of us not on the committees should be able to at least come to an understanding of an issue even though we might be disinclined to support it.
Likewise, though I don’t think Amy has the data on it and I don’t know that it is even collected, I am sure I have convened the Public Properties Committee less than any other standing committee on Council.
I see no reason to waste people’s time with meetings just for the sake of meetings. As issues and legislation arise needing our consideration, I’m happy to call the Public Properties Committee to order. But I really don’t need to sit around and have city employees show up just to make work for the committee.
There are some committees, like Community Resources and Development, on which I also sit, that have so much business before it and so many areas within the city needing oversight, that it could probably stand to meet every other day of every week. Public Properties is not that case.
The less government, the better as far as I am concerned.
I know the Telegraph loves to run these stories once a year or so on attendance. I would like to say now that I am sorely disappointed I could not have a zero percent attendance record for committees on which I do not sit. But I will go if there is an issue warranting additional attention.
I, however, have a very fulfilling full time job and family. City Council is part time. I have no desire to run for any other office, so I don’t need to dazzle people. And I certainly do not intend for City Council to be some sort of lifestyle where I show up just to be seen and heard because I am who I am. I’ve got plenty of other things to do.
Oh, and as for Council meetings, those I will need to do better on, but my job comes first. I missed a couple of weeks ago due to the super secret meeting of the VRWC and a few weeks before that because of the flu. Council remains a part time job.