So, my goal with this article is to address what is going on with the city and explain policy and procedure. I believe this will give a better understanding of the city’s direction and charge. Direction meaning what we would like to do and charge meaning what we have to do. Recently I have been asked why council has executive sessions. An executive session is used to discuss legal issues. Usually, they pertain to personnel matters, contracts, land acquisition, etc. The matters discussed in executive sessions are confidential. Obviously people want to know what is discussed, but asking a member of an executive session what was discussed is like asking your doctor about another patient’s visit. The action taken will always be processed in open session. Here is a list of laws that govern matters discussed in executive session for the reader’s review. Texas Government Code, Chapter 551, Subchapter D, consultation with an attorney (551.071), deliberation regarding real estate (551.072), deliberation regarding prospective gift (551.073) and personnel matters (551.074). The code is not to keep people in the dark, but to maintain confidentiality until deliberation is complete. Normally, executive session items do not have a timeline, although most items are processed ASAP. Please remember ASAP does not mean quick, it means AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. There are processes that I’m sure make you think, “why are they doing it that way? Why can’t they just…” Well believe me when I tell you there is no one that wants items processed quicker than me. I don’t like talking about an item more than once, but there are rules that must be followed. I hope this article about policy and procedure help citizens understand why the city does what it does.
I would really like input on what information you would like discussed in these articles. Until then, I will continue to write about things I think you want to hear about. Stay informed and get involved.
CLINTON POWELL is the Mayor of Pleasanton. You may reach him at mayor@ pleasantontx.gov.