As you all know, I recently started a news and political web site. It was, and is, my intention to inform the citizens of Surprise of current events, decisions made by the Surprise City Council and the happenings within our city government.
Citizens call for accountability Donna Weekley, surprise As presented at the City Council meeting last night, 3/08/07
With all of the money we have collected on fee’s and taxation, this council has spent our money, starting with the stadium without any input from the citizens.This city council is now preparing to borrow money for their pet projects and delaying the repairing of Bell Rd.
Read the audit The city’s chief financial officer, Scott McCarty, could not be reached for comment on Wednesday.
A citizen wanted to comment on expenditures but was not allowed to .
When I was on the City Council I tried to convince other council members, city manager and staff that we had to save enough parking space for the stadium. I was told that they had checked it out, that we had more then enough and if not, we could always park on the grass. I told them we should save the corner of Parkview and Greenway for parking, but was over-ruled. I hope they are proven correct and that I was wrong.
Honorable Mayor Mayor Joan Shafer
It seems highly unusual that the court can now hire high paid, associate and pro-tem judges without the approval of the City Council. I understand they do not work under a contract, even our part time lawyers have a contract. When I was on the Council the court had to get our approval to hire security officers. Thank you….Bob 3/13/07 no reply
I have had discussions with both the City manager and AC manager, about my concerns about the engineering department.
, I know that to have an effective engineering department you must have a qualified staff, such as engineers and inspectors that are employed by the city on a permanent basis.
Do any of us know what we have payed, in engineering consultants? We now pay what they call pre-construction consultants. Who I am told by staff verifies that what we receive from the architect is viable, one contract recently was for almost $700,000. A council member took this off the consent items but did not receive the right answer
Tennis Court At the council meeting last night, March 22,2007 I made the point that the city started this project with $4,710,000. After the first contract that was for $1,247,656 they had a balance of $3,051,524.17. Where did $410,829,17 go. Councilman Joe Johnson told me “MONEY IS GONE”. City official told me that the money is accountable for, I cannot verify this.
Original Townsite 1/18/07
The 10% slush fund can now be used for the revitalization in any part of the city.
COUNCIL MEETING BEING HELD ON DEC.28,2006 AT 6:00 P.M. ITEM #17 CONSIDERATION AND ACTION ON DIRECTING THE CITY MANAGER TO TAKE THE NECESSARY ACTION TO CLASSIFY THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS AS HAVING FULL TIME STATUS. FULL TIME STATUS WILL NOT BE CLEARLY DEFINED.