Kisela is talking about the Accountability Forum that was requested by Rep. Matt Gaetz. He said he would like to speak with anyone who is planning to attend.
“This can be a little tricky, since they are planning to publish a report,” he said. “If you want to talk about that, maybe we can give you some guidelines before you go to that meeting.”
“That’s fraught with opportunities for public meetings violations,” City Attorney Jerry Miller said.
He said the city may consider sending one representative as a “fact finder.”
“I would suggest a fact finder from the city be designated, and um, and that you be very self protective… if you are going to appear and participate,” Miller said. “I certainly see that it could relate to issues that would be issues for this body to deal with at the future, and that fulfills the definition of a public meeting.”
He also said there could be other issues with conflicts among other municipalities and agencies.
“I would say proceed with caution,” Miller said.
Trammell is making a motion to send Mayor Mel Ponder and City Manager Greg Kisela to the meeting.
“I have a great concern about things that could happen…” she said.
“I am going to this meeting,” Councilman Dixon said. “I am not going to miss this meeting.”
This is not a “governmentally called meeting,” Miller is telling the council. He said it is more than likely issues will come up that they might have to consider in the future.
“I’ve given you my guidance,” he said.
“it’s an environment for exchange of information amongst council members outside of our normal meeting process,” Miller said. “It’s just a trap.”
Trammell’s motion is on the floor.
For his part, Councilman Wood is telling his colleagues he has some “pretty big heartburn” about this whole process.
“Matt Gaetz doesn’t run the city of Destin,” he said. “When you serve on an elected body, you have to plan what you do…”
“What is the purpose of this?” Wood added.
“I’m not going to go to it, and I wish the rest of you well, I just hope we don’t get in trouble with it,” he said.
“I don’t personally see any harm in going,” Ramswell said, noting that people need to know their own personal boundaries.
Councilman Marler said one of the first things Miller told him when elected is that once you are elected you are an elected official before you are a citizen.
“You will not be seen as a private citizen, you will be seen as a city councilor,” Marler said.
“The letter I received starts out as ‘dear elected official,’ ” Foreman said. “And I have a problem with that.”
Dixon said he sees no difference in this meeting than he does in any other League of Cities meeting that’s ever been held.
“If it gets me called out by another council member, than let’s go, let’s have it,” Dixon said.
Miller is suggesting that the city only send one representative, so that would alter Trammell’s plan to send Ponder and Kisela. He recommends the city send an elected official.
Trammell’s motion is off the floor.
Councilman Marler makes a motion to have Dixon represent the city on a “fact finding” mission and that he reports back to the council.
With that said, the motion to send Dixon is approved unanimously.
Oct. 9 from 1:30 to 4:30, Kisela plans to have a meeting with hospitality stakeholders about what worked and what didn’t work. He wants to find ideas that could help them as they move forward into the 2015 season.
The city may consider a different day. Will be updated later.
With no more items from the council or audience, this meeting is adjourned.
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