Courtesy BeFair.INFO – The current and ex-council members who want Pat Meyering silenced have accepted money from special interests and do not want to hear publicly that there could be a CONFLICT OF INTEREST for them to vote on certain issues that come before the council. For example, when a developer proposes to build an apartment complex that squeezes too many units into a small space, he naturally hopes to find friends on the council that will vote to accept his plans.
When situations like this come up, Pat asks those council members who accepted money from the developer to abstain from the vote. A council member who has accepted money from the developer is probably uncomfortable voting, but usually does so anyway.
The constant reminders to do what is right from Pat seem to be more than some of the council members can bear. Hence, they censure and now attempt to recall Pat. They claim that he is disruptive and cannot be tolerated.
Council members are not being accused of any crimes here because it is possible to cast an unbiased vote in these cases. But concerned citizens observing the process have every right to be suspicious of council members who will not admit to the appearance of conflict of interest. Many citizens have disdain for these obvious potentials for conflict of interest. Council members could remove the suspicion by simply abstaining from the vote. And better yet, they should refuse to accept special interest money in the first place.
Honorable council members with no wrong-doing on their consciences would allow Pat’s comments to be heard publicly without complaining.
Since Pat is almost alone in his effort, it is easy for other council members to gang up on him.
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“Follow the Money” – as they say. Only reason to remove Meyering is to silence his voice, as his lone vote is not enough to pull weight. So, you have to ask yourself – who cares, then? Why is his influence of value? Who doesn’t want his opinion relayed? This whole process has made voters “think” !!