When will city officials see?
August 16, 2013
I have been trying since August 6 to find a nice
way to voice sentiments regarding the City of
Bonners Ferry administration that are not just mine but a whole
group of citizens' of Bonners Ferry and the
When we first started attending city council
meetings, one could just ask for council
packets, and they would be emailed in PDF
format. Now you have to go onto the city's
website to get this information. Sometimes they
aren't even posted on the website until the
afternoon of the meetings.
But the city says they appreciate "an involved
Traffic safety meetings, as an example, were
noted at the bottom of agenda notices.
The pattern here is that it is getting harder
and harder to stay informed of what is going on
in our city. Our city administration
works for us. If not for taxpayers and rate
payers, no one at city hall would get a
Then, when I complained, I was told that I was
"unappreciative." Granted, by state code, the
city doesn't have to notify citizens of special
meetings, but when it was done in the past and
it has stopped, it gives the citizens the
perception that there is something to hide.
Yes, I am unappreciative of the way we, who
attend city council meetings, are made to feel
like our presence is not appreciated.
This all takes me back to a quote by Colin
Powell that city administrator Stephen Boorman
put in the city council packet one time, "You
don't know what you can get away with until you
When are city officials going to realize that
we, the people, see through all this "less
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