(The latest in a series of posts on City government)
Dana Grubb is a lifelong resident of the City of Bethlehem who worked 27 years for the City of Bethlehem in the department of community and economic development, as sealer of weights and measures, housing rehabilitation finance specialist, grants administrator, acting director of community and economic development, and deputy director of community development.
The reply to these excuses you mention is simple. These are called “public meetings” for a reason. They are not “staffers meetings” or “convenience for the boardmembers” meetings
Quit your city job or move into the city if you are being inconvenienced as a staff person. Resign from the board or authority if you are being inconvenienced as a boardmember. As a former city administrator I attended all kinds of public meetings AND blockwatch meetings. It is pure selfishness and/or complete disregard for the community and the public by anyone to not schedule public meetings for the convenience of the public.
Gadfly just needs to be clear that in these discussions no city staffers registered concern about a time change. It was committee members who registered concern for the staffers. Thus, it is not clear that any staffers had any problems with a change.