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Council Member Projects: The council is responsible for creating policies and regulations that affect the Village residents and businesses. Wouldn’t it also be advantageous if council members report on projects they spearhead? The council is responsible for creating policies and regulations that affect the Village residents and businesses. Wouldn’t it also be advantageous if council members report on projects they spearhead? Henry Rosenthal got Publix to agree to purchase cloth bags with Islamorada logos to hand out free of charge. This is their effort to reduce the use of single use plastic for bagging groceries. Thank you, Council member Rosenthal, for this effort. Vice Mayor Mahoney got community surveys started and got a “final” Fills workshop scheduled. Thanks, Vice Chairman Mahoney.
Quasi Judicial Hearings: Especially for major conditional uses, there is frequently a significant amount of testimony presented at the hearings. Often too much to absorb immediately. A second public hearing would provide a better opportunity for those involved to react to the testimony. A second hearing would better assure the best decision is made.
Committees: While the council approved a new citizen committee selection process, more should be considered.
Financial reports: Shouldn’t monthly financial reports be available on the Village website with detailed revenue and expenditure line items.
New Website: How about a seminar for the public so residents can learn how to use the features of the new Village website!
Charter change: to elect council members - top candidates are elected, no specific seats, no specific opponents.
Transparency: Provide full planning application files on the Village website when processing planning application.
Bring back “ACTIONS AND POLICIES STATUS REPORT”, a “to do list” of the tasks the staff was working on, as directed by Council.
Public Comment: Allow public comment during Council, Manager and Attorney Communications at the beginning of Council meetings.