New Hope’s Consent Agenda
By Andrew Richter
My friends, are you all aware of something called a Consent Agenda? Cities, Counties, and School Districts all have a consent agenda that is supposed to pass “routine and non-controversial” things in one quick motion. The definition of “routine and non-controversial” is another matter. Take New Hope Consent Agenda for April 27, 2015;
Here are the first two items;
Approval of business license(s)
Approval of financial claims through April 27, 2015
OK, I don’t see anything alarming here but check out the next one;
Resolution approving a joint powers agreement with the city of Crystal for street improvements to 60th Avenue North and Louisiana Avenue North (Crystal 2015 Lions Park street reconstruction project); improvement project no. 960
Now if you actually watch the meeting, you will come to find out that this resolution costs New Hope over $150,000! Spending $150,000 is “routine and non-controversial?”
Resolution authorizing the execution of a Towing Agreement with North Suburban Towing
Again, should contract agreements be in the consent agenda? Your spending tax dollars here so should the contract not be routine?
Resolution approving agreement with the New Hope/Crystal/Plymouth Swim Club for use of Milton C. Honsey Pool for summer practices and one weekend swim meet
Resolution approving agreement with Great Wolf Swim Club for use of Milton C. Honsey Pool for summer practices
Resolution of support for Three Rivers Park District application to The Hennepin County 2015 Bikeway Participation Program for The Bassett Creek Regional Trail
Ha! Just as I predicted; New Hope rubber stamps the regional trail! Look at the differences between New Hope and Crystal. Crystal has picked this project apart, met with the Park District, and has been deliberate in their actions by twice delaying a vote, and of course New Hope puts it in the consent agenda!
Resolution authorizing the purchase of equipment and appropriation of funds for $6,997.80 for the purchase of shade umbrellas for the Milton C. Honsey Outdoor Pool
Again! $7000 in more spending!
And guess what? It passed 5-0 just like everything else in New Hope.
On a side note, I have to say that I’ve been quite disappointed in new council member Johnathan London. I was hoping he would at least shake things up in the city and not be a rubber stamp like all the other members, but so far I haven’t seen that at all. It’s still “5-0 New Hope.” I hope he changes.
Memo to New Hope citizens: Please DEMAND change!!!!
Entry filed under: Agenda 21, City Government, Community, New Hope, Taxation. Tags: Andy Hoffe, City Spending, Consent Agenda, Eric Lammle, John Elder, Johnathon London, Kathy Hemken, New Hope City Council.