City Council rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic
(November 14, 2006) This is the first city council meeting with the new mayor and council. Paul Schreiber and Brian Robb were newly sworn in as mayor and councilman from Ward 3. Unfortunately due to a production error, we missed the first 30 minutes of the meeting and the gavel hand-off. Lee Tooson was in rare form tonight as he welcomed the council and mayor.
We join the meeting in progress as council is deliberating changes to audience participation. The good news is council added another three minutes at the end of the meeting for audience participation. The bad news is they moved the first audience participation until after all presentations and public hearings. So for the most part, audience participation won't start until 8:30 or 9:00p.
Brian Robb brought up the issue of public notice in newspapers. Despite the fact that publishing notices in the Ann Arbor News is some three to four times more expensive than the Courier, the council voted to continue to use the Ann Arbor News as the paper of record.
At the end of the meeting, the new mayor brought up the seating arrangement asking Ward members to sit together. This was rejected by the council. The mayor then suggested they change the seating order and proposed that he sit on the end so that he doesn't have to swivel his head back and forth to see the council members. All this discussion about the seating chart left some in the audience to wonder if this was like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.