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Proposed Resolution Aims To Silence Critics At City Council Meetings
Buried within the three-page resolution is a warning to those who might use public comment to criticize specific Councilors or staff.
In response to last month’s outpouring of concerns and criticism regarding the City’s handling of the Geneva Foundry cleanup, City Manager Matt Horn is offering a proposed resolution titled “RESOLUTION #17 – ADDRESSING PUBLIC CONCERNS RELATED TO THE FORMER GENEVA FOUNDRY SITE.” This resolution is attached to the May 3, 2017 City Council Agenda posted on the City’s website, and begins on page 4.
Unsurprisingly, the Resolution affirms that the City did everything they were supposed to do regarding the Foundry cleanup, laying the blame solely at the feet of the DEC for failing to create a cleanup plan after supposedly being given the necessary information from the city.Of course, this is a misdirection. Current City Councilor Gordon Eddington knew about the contamination for decades, yet didn’t inform the public. It’s certainly likely that other city employees knew about the contamination, but failed to warn residents.
Whether or not the DEC dragged their feet in beginning the cleanup is irrelevant to the fact that Eddington knew about the contamination of residential properties and did not warn residents.
Some unnerving portions of the resolution relate to City Council public comment procedure:
“WHEREAS, to the extent the residents have concerns about the handling of former Geneva Foundry site, such concerns should be directed at City Council, and not specific Council Members and/or City Staff, as required by the Rules and Procedures of Geneva City Council;”
It appears that this section of the resolution is being proposed specifically in response to the April Council meeting during which Councilor Eddington was confronted multiple times during public comment for his failure to inform residents of lead and arsenic dangers for decades. It’s clear that the City Manager would like to protect Leaddington from having to deal directly and personally with any future comments from poisoned, terrified and angry residents.Rather than allow the public the opportunity to voice their concerns to the one Councilor who has direct knowledge of the Foundry issue, the City Manager has taken it upon himself to protect Leaddington from any uncomfortable confrontations.
“BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Presiding Officer will remind the public that the Rules and Procedures for Geneva City Council require that all remarks be addressed to the City Council as a whole and not to any individual member thereof; and the Presiding Officer will not allow the public to state any personal attacks on any City Council or staff;”
This might be the most unsettling message of all.
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