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When we last checked in on Franklin’s largest sandbox, the Common Council Chambers at City Hall, some aldermen were in an absolute snit because their colleague, Steve Olson forgot to get a note from home explaining why he wasn’t at a meeting.
That was late August. Olson has introduced an ordinance to amend the city’s municipal code to address attendance by aldermen at Common Council meetings that will be considered at tonight's meeting. This was brought on by aforementioned tizzy and is on the agenda because aldermen who get in these huffs have totally resolved all of our fair hamlet’s most pressing dilemmas, allowing them to waste time on being nosy busy-bodies.
Olson seeks the following:
Attendance of any Common Council member at any City board, commission or committee meeting shall be stated and identified within the minutes of such meeting.
When a Council member is not present at a meeting, the member is “absent,” and the term “excused” is only to be considered or used upon circumstances following a “call of the house” to compel attendance of members in the absence of a quorum.
Should the Council determine that it is appropriate to provide that a member may be “excused” as opposed to being stated as “absent,” then the meeting minutes shall reflect the member being “absent” unless the member has requested to be “excused.”
Seems fine to me but so unnecessary, especially for an adult body. Shouldn’t a call or e-mail to the Mayor or City Clerk asking to be “excused “ be sufficient?
Apparently not. After all. This is the Franklin Common Council we’re talking about.
I think it’s time to clean out the playpen.
UPDATE: Olson's proposed ordinance was rejected. More details to follow.