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In the January 4, 2010 City Council meeting agenda, one of the business items was: “DISCUSSION – Naming of City Facilities or Rooms.” At the meeting itself, what was supposed to be the creation of a policy to rename city buildings (other than parks), turned into a motion by former Councilor Gibson to name City Hall after the late Councilor E. Glenn Tucker. Former Chairman Popoff aided and abetted Gibson; and there just happened to be a number of Tucker’s friends and associates at the meeting who spoke in favor of the action. Voila—done deal, 6-0 vote to name City Hall after Tucker. Much talk later of Sunshine violations, but no investigation. Fast forward to Aug 19, 2013. Listed on the City Council meeting agenda is “Process for the appointment to fill Council vacancy per City Charter, Section 3.05.” At the meeting, there was no discussion of process, instead Councilor Sacher made a motion to appoint Brown; Councilor Petricca seconded it. When Councilors Honig and Kiester tried to bring the others back to the process discussion, Councilor Honecker barked that they had to appoint someone right away (ironic, because Brown is out of state, and won’t be back on Marco until mid-Sept.) Then all these folks got up to praise Brown. Chairman Batte praises Brown, calls the vote. Vote 4-2; Brown is appointed. Déjà vu?
As I watched, I thought that this thing was wired a little bit too tight—there had to be some “cloudy” collusion going on. And what a disservice to the other citizens who had volunteered. Wonder why there wasn’t even a list of those who did?
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