I survived my first Council Workshop

by Jaime Greene on January 24, 2012

January 23, 2012

I survived my first City Council Workshop!  Well I should say that City Council survived me.  The Richmond City Council has quarterly workshops, completely open to the public, where they are able to have in depth discussions about topics, issues, the budget, or anything else that needs serious deliberation to be brought to a vote.  The workshops provide the Council an opportunity to delve into the “meat and potatoes” of issues.  Tonight was a packed night and after 3 ½ hours of discussion I believe it was a success.

The workshop’s topics included:

  • Sharing the Police Post with City Hall or the Library
  • Shared services with the school such as vehicle maintenance and snow removal
  • Shared service of police with Richmond Township
  • A new website and social media
  • The Budget

This, Lord willing, will finally begin my “blogging” as Councilor Greene.  I know my webpage has been in the dark since the campaign, it has taken some time to settle in.  The rest of the Council has been very supportive and encouraging to me, but needless to say I think I am keeping them on their toes.

A quick synopsis of my opinion of the topics discussed:

  • Moving City Hall to the Police Post would cost the city $1.5 million (after all is said and done others may argue my figures but I believe that is reality).  I do not support the move at this time.  I believe it is too costly especially when we have a $400,000 budget deficit.  I would never purchase a new car if I can’t pay my electric bill why would the city.
  • Share services with the School.  Great!  Hope it works in the best of both our interests, if it doesn’t we both tried.
  • Shared police services with Richmond Township would be wonderful if again it works out best in both our interests.  I would never want the citizens of the City of Richmond to pay a cent for it; the details need to be worked out carefully.  All in all it could potentially be a benefit to both municipalities.
  • A new website and a presence on social media: BRAVO finally the City is moving forward with this topic.  This has been a project of mine for some time and I am glad to see it come to fruition.
  • The Budget:  Well folks we will have over a $400,000 short fall in our budget when comparing revenues to expenditures.  Cuts will have to be made.  I have been pouring over the budget even before I submitted my petition to run for Council.  Difficult decisions will have to be made.  My desire is to be a city that will never need an Emergency Financial Manager.  The reality is that the City leadership has done a good job in the past on our budget, that is why finding areas to cut will be incredibly difficult.  We can and will do it!

I was very vocal tonight, perhaps too much, but if you would like my opinion and further details of what was discussed please e-mail me at councilgreene@gmail.com.  I will be happy to give you more detailed information.

Blessings to you!

In service,

Jaime Elizabeth Greene

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