Pardon me, but are you still the “Dayton City Commission” if you meet in Sharonville?

by David Esrati on January 10, 2014

in Dayton Government, Open Meeting laws, Our Broken political system

Screen shot of agenda header

Is it still the “Dayton City Commission”

The almighty Mayor Nan and company believe that Dayton isn’t good enough for them to hold a retreat, instead, wasting our tax money and time- they scheduled a retreat tonight and tomorrow in Sharonville.

I suggest they reconsider this- and am seeking counsel to file an injunction.

From the Ohio Sunshine Laws Manual- page 88:

1. Where Meetings May be Held
A public body must conduct its meetings in a venue that is open to the public.831 Although the Open
Meetings Act does not specifically address where a public body must hold meetings, some authority
suggests that a public body must hold meetings in a public meeting place832 that is within the
geographical jurisdiction of the public body. 833

833 1944 Ohio Op. Att’y Gen. No. 7038; 1992 Ohio Op. Att’y Gen. No. 032.

I’m not linking this to the Dayton Daily News article about the session, because the paper is too chickenshit to do its job.

Here is the link to the City of Dayton “agenda” for the special meeting- in Cincinnati.

http://www.cityofdayton.org/cco/Commission%20Agendas/2014/01-10-14%20%20Agenda%20-%20Special%20Meeting.pdf

Why would the city commission go an hour away from the citizens that they “represent” to discuss plans for our city? Why would they add an undue burden to the citizen who wants to monitor their actions?

Why isn’t there a place in the city that is good enough for them?

I would advise Dayton Public Schools Superintendent Lori Ward and School Board President Dr. Walker, not to attend and open themselves up to a violation of the law.

This meeting should have been clearly announced in the Wed Jan 8, 2014 meeting agenda- but is not. Considering the only change to the commission is the addition of Jeff Mims, who rode the Whaley bandwagon into office, the real question is why is there even a need to work on “team building.” This is Nan’s team. It’s what she campaigned on. She sold voters on her “roadmap”- what’s to discuss in Cincinnati?

 

 

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Bismark January 10, 2014 at 11:16 pm

Thank you, Esrati, for being the consciousness of the City and being brave enough to say what needs to be said about the overwhelming corruption that has decayed Dayton from the inside out.
The “meeting”  has nothing to do with matters important to Dayton and everything to do with launching Whaley’s visibility statewide  and spreading her influence outside of decaying Dayton. The Mayorship is a stepping stone to higher political aspirations for the Whale, just as the City Commissioner position was.
Maybe the Unions will wake up someday & see she is not their friend, then she won’t have any boots on the ground to do her grunt work.
Dayton  leadership is an oxymoron.
 
 
 

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David Esrati January 11, 2014 at 6:19 am

The Sunshine Laws still allow me to file for their transgression. There seems to be some question about having to meet within their jurisdiction.

In the courtroom-

Me to Ms. Whaley on the stand, if the requirement isn’t “within the jurisdiction” does that mean that holding meetings in Hawaii would be an “open meeting” for the Commission?

Nan:  (I hope) “Of course not”

The added costs of mileage and time alone show the half-mllion dollar Mayor has no respect for the additional costs of our city.

The Dayton Masonic Center has some amazing spaces for a special retreat, as does the Crowne Plaza and even the hotel right across the street from City Hall. Never mind UD, MVH, and other local employers. This was nothing but an attempt to add unnecessary burden to any citizen who was interested in observing.

 

 

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Gene January 12, 2014 at 2:23 pm

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Sue January 14, 2014 at 12:23 pm

And what an “agenda”!  Are they trying to score points for being cute?

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