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Our City Clerk is doing a heck of a job

Monday, August 06, 2007
Time: 11:09 AM

More par for the course from the non-existent City Clerk, Jean Natale.

First a little background on what Natale is selling to the public on the City's website.
The City Clerk works with the Mayor and the Common Council to serve the citizens of Danbury. The duties of the City Clerk are defined in the City Charter. In addition, the City Clerk serves as the custodian of public records, ordinances, resolutions, minutes of the Common Council meetings, and attests and seals official documents. The office also receives claims and lawsuits against the City of Danbury.

[...]

The City Clerk has made it her mission to ensure the City’s legislative processes are open and public by providing a link between citizens and government through the dissemination of information.

People have long complained that Natale simply doesn't do her job as City Clerk. Common Council members have long complained that they have to wait LONG period of time to get any type of information from Natale and this has caused a great deal of frustration among many on both sides of the political aisle down at City Hall.

Well, now the public is getting the short end of the stick as the Common Council agenda for tomorrow meeting is not posted on the City's website. Usually, the agenda are posted a few days before the meetings so the public has an understanding on what's on the agenda.

...well, I'll let one of my readers tell the story from here as she deserves the credit.
According to the city website jean lists the following as her main
"accomplishment"


"The City Clerk has made it her mission to ensure the City’s
legislative
processes are open and public by providing a link between citizens and
government through the dissemination of information."

Well, it is 9:30 on the Monday before the Tuesday of a Common Council
meeting and there is no AGENDA up on the city's website.


Jeff at 311 at 8:30 said he would send a message.

Teddy at the Mayor's Office at 8:40 said he would send a message and that Jean comes in at 9 a.m.

9:43: no Jean and still no agenda.

After reading this email, I said, "No, Jean wouldn't do something as not post the minutes of the meetings...she's aware that it's an election year and she wouldn't do anything as silly as bring attention to the very thing people criticize her about, which is that she doesn't do her job.

I started monitoring the site and lo and behold, the agenda FOR TOMORROW'S MEETING WAS NOT ON THE SITE. Here's what was there as of 10:45 A.M.



It wasn't until aprox 11:15 A.M. until the minutes were FINALLY posted on the site.



Again, this is par for the course for the office of City Clerk as members of the Common Council have LONG complained about the inability of receiving any information from Natale in a timely manner.

From May's DTC meeting, here's a video clip that gives more insight into the ongoing criticism of the current City Clerk.



If you want an end to the madness, I have only two words: Eileen Coladarci.

UPDATE: I incorrectly mixed the terms minutes and agenda up. The agenda is usually up days before the meetings while the minutes of the meeting is not available until few days after the meetings. I've updated the post to reflect the correct terminology.

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