At council study session 1-17-2012 the newly elected clerk asked for time to speak to the council. He did for an hour, an hour wasted on the gripes of the clerk. Just what he can’t do and what he wants. Sorry Walter, but you ran telling everyone that you would be best for the job. You ran telling all of us of how you were streamlining the clerk’s office. You ran for the office telling the whole city just how great you were doing the job. How much you had improved the office of the clerk already. How you were the only one with “On the Job experience.” So what’s up now? You knew all of this and more before you decided to run for the office. What did the clerk say in his hour-long whining session before the council. Well to start with he has done no work on the redistricting of the precincts, something that is very important to every resident in this city who takes the time to vote. He does not like the IT person and has hired his own. He wants new computers; the city is getting a city-wide up grade that will include his office. They will be working with Clouds and virtual PC. He is upset that he was not asked if he wanted BS&A before the council voted on it. Aah just would like to point out that you were not even a blip on the radar when these decisions were made.. He wants the deputy back. The position was eliminated for cost savings and he was aware of that when he took the job. He went on to say that nothing was getting done and he was having to come in on week ends. Pointing out that he worked this past Friday, Saturday, Sunday and even Monday just to catch up Why? because they are so far behind. Why are you behind, I thought you streamlined the clerk’s office. That office should be running like clock work for all we heard during the election. Might I suggest that you stay in your office and do the work instead of running to all the different departments to yell at them.
The clerk went on to say that there are to many interruptions during the working day. People calling all day for different departments because when they call those departments no one picks up the phone. Well here’s the deal the clerk before you and the clerk before her did that all day. No they did not ask for special time to address the council on the matter. They did what’s always been done answered the public’s questions. Not saying that this is right just saying the clerk’s office is the equivalent to the information desk at any company. Seeing as how the city doesn’t have one of those, the clerk’s office has been delegated that duty over time.
He said that he is short-staffed well it’s the same amount of people you had working in there when you campaigned for the job right? You gave the impression that you could handle this job even with under staffing. He has to do a fund transfer for the council secretary’s overtime. Yep that’s right the council secretary has overtime. That’s a new one. All the years that Mary was there, she never had over time to the point that a fund transfer had to be requested. He wants to do a fund transfer for the recount, funny thing here he said he did not know where he was going to take the 4,400.00 dollars to pay the county from. Someone on the council pointed out that ah you take it from the election budget.
As a taxpayer I resent the fact that Council Chair gave an hour of the study session time to talk about this nonsense. Time that should be used to talk about this city’s current budget crisis, and the plan.. Next time put it in a Memo. What ever the hell is going on over there at city hall between the clerk and the other departments the council has nothing to do with it. Please Mr. Mayor get your boy under control here isn’t this something you could have taken care of on your own. I have to say here that every department over at city hall is working with understaffed departments, not one of those department heads has come before the council to complain. They do the job with what they have to work with. If this is too much for you then leave, that simple. It’s just a little late in the game to come and cry about it. You wanted it, you campaigned for it, you won. Now stop the complaining and do the job.