A Quicker 'Hook' at Smyrna City Council Meetings?

Smyrna-Vinings Patch asks if changes are warranted during the citizen input portion of Smyrna City Council meetings?

OK, so according to a small blurb in today’s Marietta Daily Journal, Monday’s Cobb commission work session included an interesting item.

It seems it was decided that during the public comment portion of future meetings, if an individual becomes abusive and/or makes personal attacks, County Attorney Dorothy Bishop can now step in and provide a quicker “hook.’’

Like Smyrna City Council meetings, speakers are given three minutes to speak their peace at county commission meetings. And like Smyrna City Council meetings, things can get a little testy and personal during the citizen input portion.

The change came in response to when a speaker went personally at Chairman Tim Lee at a Sept. 27 board meeting, voicing his displeasure that Lee wasn’t making eye contact with him. The chairman responded that the resident needed to keep his comments on topic.

Generally, Smyrna Mayor Max Bacon and the council refrain from commenting following the at times personal attacks from the small but vocal group of citizens who criticize their work at meetings (unless to dispute and correct inaccuracies).

The question here is do you think a quicker hook should be given to citizens who become abusive and/or make personal attacks at Smyrna City Council meetings?

And overall, what changes need to be made, if any, with the citizen input portion of the meeting? Let us know what you think with your civil comments and opinions.

Inside-Out October 14, 2011 at 12:48 AM
Thank you John. I respect and understand your feelings on this, as I also somewhat agree. The key to the revitilazation is of course resources. When an administration is operating under survival mode resources are of course harder to come by. Should a governemt make cuts in the Public Safety faction to fund marketing for private industry ? With that being said I fully understand that the more successful these businesses become it benfits the entire community. And I am impling that was your point, i'm just using a practical example. The city of Smyrna is operating currently on a bare bones budget. The citizens could form committees that actually utilize the resources that we have. These committees could contact businesses from outside the community and and let them know that there is an interest in them and inform them of all the positives that Smyrna has to offer. Cities definitely need community support and volunteerism now more than ever.
Inside-Out October 14, 2011 at 12:49 AM
Sorry for the typo. It should have read I am not implying.
Rio October 14, 2011 at 12:59 AM
I would love to see the Market Village with no vacancies. I've heard the landlords charge a very high rent and in this economy, new tenants are hard to come by. I would hope the city has approached these owners and tried to plead the case of, "lower rent is better than no rent", but I have no idea if that's happened or not. I do feel our current City leaders have done a great job running our City during such a long economic struggle.
John Gault October 14, 2011 at 01:07 AM
It is definitely difficult to develop any "muscle" for a community when you operating with just enough resources to survive; however, I would hope that by prioritizing key projects, such as the Market Village or others, one at a time the administration and the community could over time make a big difference. Perhaps it is not in the budget to take on all things at once, and perhaps this is my ignorance showing, but maybe one thing at a time could work. At very least the administration could target a project and solicit volunteer committees to tackle the issue. (perhaps this is already happening?) I definitely agree that volunteering in the community is more important than ever. Surly there are some market research professionals/community development professionals - or just enthusiastic citizen that could pitch in to help out. It's times like these that it is up to the community to make Smyrna a place worth calling home and continuing to improve.
Michelle October 14, 2011 at 01:30 AM
For anyone that would like to participate in the Adopt-a-Mile program this Saturday....Smyrna Heights Neighborhood will be participating in a clean-up for Concord Road between Atlanta Rd and South Cobb Drive. We will be meeting at 8:45am in the back parking lot of McIntyre's Bakery. Any and all volunteer help will be greatly appreciated.


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