On May 9th, Linda Perrine, representing Friends of BAREC, asked the City Council for 15 minutes to present an environmentally superior land use for the BAREC property. Council Member Kennedy made a motion to hear a coherent 15 minute presentation, rather than the alternative of having multiple people present 2-3 minutes at a time as Jennifer Sparacino, the City Manager, suggested.
Mayor Mahan talked about subverting the public process and would not stand for it. Twice, she felt the need to express her dissatisfaction with the motion and the fact the City Council was being asked to hear something about a land use from the public. Ultimately, the motion to hear the 15 minute presentation failed 4-2.
Why is the Mayor so nervous about sharing information with the public? Isn't that the job of government?