Sunday, May 4, 2008

Will the Pleasant Prairie Village Board (literally) turn the clock backward?

There's an interesting agenda item listed for tomorrow night's Pleasant Prairie Village Board meeting.

Buried almost at the bottom is a resolution to move the village board meeting time from 6:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

You'll recall that one of the complaints challengers Alex Tiahnybok and Jeff Lauer raised in their successful campaigns was that the board's old 5:00 p.m. meeting time was unreasonable for most citizens to attend.

After Tiahnybok and Laurer upset incumbents Tom Terwall and Bill O'Toole, village board meetings were moved to 7:30 p.m. starting May 16, 2005. That didn't last long as board meetings went into the late evening.

On September 19, 2005 the village board adopted a motion by Trustee Mike Serpe, seconded by Trustee Steve Kumorkiewicz, to move the meeting time to 6:30 p.m. Serpe made the motion "in the spirit of cooperation."

That spirit should prevail today.

Tiahnybok and Lauer's obstreperous behavior got them booted from the board last year. They were wrong about a lot of things -- but not this one.

The meetings should remain at 6:30 p.m. (an earlier start time than the Kenosha city council or the Bristol and Somers town boards, all of which start at 7:00 p.m.) and trustees who would vote otherwise would justifiably be exposed to political fallout.


new neighbor said...

Yes, this would be a step in the wrong direction. 6:30 meetings and live video would bring more resident participation.

Village People said...

So what is the issue? Are the meetings taking too long? If so, then find a way to make shorter. why do they need to be so long?

John Roscioli said...

I am in agreement with Mike on this. No more soap box speeches during plan or board meetings and things would go much smooter/quickly. A 6:30 start time isn't my personal choice (I prefer 6pm), but if there is uniformity in the 6-8 committees that allow it, I'd be content.

RAG said...

I think the uniform start time seems like a good idea at first blush but upon further examination there are good reasons for stagged times. The village board is the big Kahuna and they are elected and paid to serve. They also have superintending authority (in large measure) over the other boards and commissions. Essentially the buck stops there.

The other boards and commissions rely heavily on citizen volunteers and more flexibility is needed.

6 p.m. is absurd when everyone else can meet at 7 p.m. and get their business done. With a large percentage of our work force working in Illinois, that alone suggests perhaps even a 7 p.m. start time is appropriate.

John Roscioli said...

I don't care if the start time is 7pm or 6pm, or whenever. They need to realize they are commissions for the betterment of the Village, and if things are going on without public involvement (due to absurd/difficult start times). I am not saying there are not exceptions, but having the 6 or so commissions start at the same time shouldn't be that difficult.