Can You Keep a Secret?
Updated: May 27, 2019
There are two Borough Council meetings this week and Borough Council President Claudette Williams has refused to tell Council Members what they will be discussing at either of them. CW added a "Draft Amendments to Policies" to the upcoming Work Session Agenda. But she has refused to provide fellow Council Members copies of any draft, or even to disclose what policies she proposes for amendment. Nevertheless, she expects them to be prepared to discuss them at the meeting Tuesday.
Then, on Friday, she announced a private Executive Session for Tuesday. When asked what the session was for, her entire response was:
"There is [sic] only two topic [sic] that can be discussed in executive session and that is [sic] legal and personnel and this is a public forum [sic?]."
Well, yes, otherwise it would not be an "Executive Session". When someone wants to make sure that attendees at a meeting will not be able to meaningfully discuss a topic, it is left off the agenda until the last minute, or obscured.
But, a leader acting in good faith shares as much information as possible in advance, so that there can be a productive discussion at the meeting.
So, the question is, 'why doesn't the Council president want to have a productive discussion?' Guess we'll find out on Tuesday.