In January, the Gladstone City Council voted to remove Steven Dorner from the Parks & Rec Board. He was a longstanding member and added a spot on the board that spoke for those living west of McLoughlin Boulevard. Libby Wentz served on Planning Commission and Traffic Safety Advisory Board; she too was removed.
Why, you ask, were they removed? Because, they missed three meetings. And, according to the Gladstone Board Rules, that is not permitted.
But apparently the Gladstone City Council plays by their own rules. They can remove any member of a board they want, but pay no attention to the attendance of their own members.
According to Resolution 1129, adopted by city councilors in 2018, "Members of a board, committee, or commission serve at the pleasure of the City Council and, except as may be limited or prohibited by law, may be removed at any time and for any reason by a majority vote of the City Council. Members of a board, committee or commission who are absent from more than three (3) regular meetings in a calendar year are considered to have resigned from the board, committee or commission."
Number of missed meetings by Gladstone City Council members between Jan. 9, 2019, and March 10, 2020:
Mayor Tammy Stempel: 1
Randy Ripley: 0
Linda Neace: 6
Matt Tracy: 0
Neal Reisner: 3
Tracy Todd: 3
Tom Mersereau: 0
Clearly the Gladstone City Council refuses to police itself and call out their own. These are people "We the People" voted in. Where is the integrity? Is this a seat to get oneself in the paper or wave at a parade? There is even a Counselor who no longer lives at the address given on the voting ballot. Where does this person live? City administration and other councilors are not brave enough to ask, they don't want to ruffle feathers, broach the subject, have the conversation or just plain request the information.
Thank goodness 2020 is an election year.
Gladstone resident Mindy Garlington is a member of the city's Park & Rec Board, Budget Committee and Audit Committee.
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