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Monday, November 19, 2012
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Friday, April 27, 2012
Old age is only part of the story. All the candidates running for City Commission this spring are longtime residents of the City, with residencies that range from a low of 15 years to a high of 38. All were relatively youthful when they came to town arriving with ages of 27, 39 (2), 43, and 55 years. All have been involved in City of Bloomfield government for an average of less than three years. The pattern seems to be residents get involved in civic affairs later in life when career and family are firmly established.
That is not however an absolute. McCready was involved in City Government in his early 40’s. So was Mayor Zambricki. According to Southeast Michigan Government figures there are 101 City residents between the ages of 30 and 39. 436 are in their forties, and 700 in their fifties. That is close to 33% of our population. One out of three. How many potential Mayor McCready and Mayor Zambricki’s are out there? How can we identify them? We are not talking about Nobel Prize winners or United States Presidents. We are talking about exceptional people who have an interest and some time to devote to City hall for the good of the community.
The City of Birmingham has 32 boards and commissions to serve a community of 20,000. Assuming the average board has seven members or alternates that means that more than one on ten is involved in City Government.
We don’t need that. We don’t need more government. What we need is more public interest, involvement, and participation from those who may wish to contribute. We need a system that will allow any and all to participate on level that suits their lifestyle.
We need to say to our residents. “Many opportunities are in place for you to share your skills and input for the betterment of the city. Please consider attending one or more of the City’s Community Participation Meetings. You are not obligated to attend each one. Come to as many or as few as you like…just come.”
The Bloomfield Hills School System has exactly this system in place, and the “Many opportunities..” quote is from their literature. The School Board’s Partnership Committees are not government but advisory bodies. The program in its second year is currently being evaluated. Attendance seems good. Some moneys savings features implemented by the district have been attributed to the partnership committees. The three finalists to fill a vacancy on the School Board came from the committees.
The program is not a School District original. They hired Project Innovations, a consultancy firm in Farmington .
Project Innovations according to its web site “solves complex problems through facilitation and collaboration. Our proprietary methods provide leaders with the necessary tools to resolve conflict, collaborate with customers, develop and coach leaders, facilitate large meetings, integrate the public for successful projects, and to plan strategically for the future. “
Interesting. Our City has just spent $9500 on a citizen survey, and hired a special consultancy firm for the tree ordinance. To the best of my knowledge the City has never spent money to enhance public involvement or leadership identification. It is certainly something to look into. I have volunteered for one of the partnerships. As a School district resident all that is required in the words of my committee chairman is “Just show up.”
My name is Mark Kapel and I am a candidate for City of Bloomfield Hills City Commission. I look at my fellow candidates and add up their years of service and wonder how better our community would be if we benefited from their skills and expertise five or ten years earlier. How about future candidates who state their qualifications as “19 year city resident. 10 years in community participation committees. 3 years Zoning Board. 3 years Planning Commission.” Wouldn’t our City be a better place for it?
Thursday, April 26, 2012
That’s because last year the commissioners pulled the rug on Commissioner Pat Hardy and a tradition some say went back thirty years. The City Charter,essentially the City’s constitution, states that the seven days after the election of City Commissioners, the Commission will meet to elect from one of their own a new mayor.
Somewhere in the distant past the commissioners decided to replace the election with a rotation. The next mayor of the city would s be the city commissioner with the most seniority who had either had not been mayor or who had been mayor in the most distant past. Per the rotation Commissioner Hardy was to be Mayor in 2011-12. Instead the commissioners decided to elect Commissioner Michael Zambricki Mayor.How were they able to by pass the tradition of rotating the position of Mayor?
The State of Michigan who’s laws trump everything else in Michigan, regards a City’s Charter as an important legal document. The Charter is signed by the Governor. Changes in the Charter must be approved by the people on a ballot. Those changes must also then be approved by the Governor and the Attorney General. The tradition of rotating the mayor, a defacto change in the Charter without the approval of the people had no legal basis stand on.
There are some who believe tradition is more sacred than law. There are some who believe rotation and election mean the same thing. There are some who argue in this election that the last two mayors stacked the city government with like-minded appointments while also arguing that the position of Mayor is a ceremonial one with no real power. Since the office was “simply ceremonial” slighting Pat was in their minds unforgivable.
Actually it was politics where sooner or later everyone is slighted and he or she who laughs last laughs best. This year and every year if she musters enough votes from her fellow commissioners Pat Hardy can be elected Mayor. Under the old system the opportunity existed on at four or five year intervals.
Now voters have some input in regards to who the new mayor will be. They may ask the Commission candidates about their vote for mayor and hold them accountable. They may also tell the candidates who they think should be mayor and hope the candidate is listening.It is not much input but it is in this writer’s opinion it is better than nothing.
You haven’t heard the commission candidates talking about who they will vote for mayor which is odd. if elected that vote will be their first official piece of business. If they are running in tandem with another candidate however there may be a pre-arranged group consensus which precludes further input.
My name is Mark Kapel and I am running for City Commissioner. I am not running in tandem and therefore open to any and all opinions on the matter. If I am elected on the May 8th I will spend the week prior to the May 15th Mayor Election getting that opinions and taking it to the City Commission meeting for consideration before the vote.
That is not a campaign promise. I am interested in public opinions, our city government and writing for publications like the Patch so I will probably be doing it anyway. It is just that if elected the wife would cut me some slack on the chore list, if she could discern a meaningful purpose to what I am doing.