Despicable Bowman Rips City Code Task Force

September 16, 2016 at 2:22 pm 2 comments

By Andrew Richter

To show the contempt ReNae Bowman has for the current mayor, city council, and the people who volunteer to serve on committees check this out:

$90,000 in legal fees to move periods and semi-colons around in the code book.  When I was mayor, we knew we had obsolete codes, but if they are not posing a problem, why spend the money? During my time in office, if there was a problem with a code, we fixed it, if not, the code book was left alone.  I don’t believe in spending money on things that do not improve or sustain the good life in Crystal.  This was an empty attempt to look like work was being conducted. 

She is speaking about the City Code Task Force which I used to chair. She’s basically making fun of our work trying to change and modernize the Crystal City Code. I can tell you that me and all the committee members took great pride in our work and spent hours trying to eliminate codes, change them, reword them, and come up with ideas to make them better. We didn’t move around semi-colons and periods. This idea was great and innovative as no other cities to my knowledge have done this. Instead of waiting for city staff to do something, Mayor Adams and the council took the initiative and got citizens involved in their own changing the city code they have to live by.

I can’t tell you how offensive I find this. This is just despicable, even for Bowman. She could have volunteered to be on this task force or dragged her ass to a meeting or done something about the city code when she was the mayor but no she’d rather sit at home in her underwear and make fun of our work.

What a disgusting human being.

Bowman’s Garbage


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. David Seffren  |  September 16, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    As a member of the task force I take personal offense to Ms. Bowman’s charge. The group that I meet with monthly is dedicated to making the code book logically and consistently organized and easy to use for the average citizen. If a person can’t find what they are looking for in the book, what good is it? 27 pages for the sign ordinance? Much of it repetitive and disorganized? Sheesh. And, while the public is welcome at any of our meetings, not once did I see Ms. Bowman in attendance. How does she know what goes on in our meetings? No, she is just sniping from the sidelines with no first hand knowledge of what we are even doing or how much time some of the members are putting in outside of the meetings. Shame on you Ms. Bowman! Until you come and witness the work we are doing in our meetings and the time that is being VOLUNTEERED to this project, you have ZERO credibility with me. And, I ask the average Crystal citizen… is this the sort of Mayor you want representing you?

  • 2. wants2know  |  September 17, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    I am also a member of the Code Review Task Force. I also am offended by Ms. Bowman’s remarks. The reason I became involved in this very time consuming task is to benefit the citizens of Crystal who are often in violation of some obscure clause in the massive volume that is the Crystal City Code book. The language is often times outdated, it contains whole sections of code violations that address issues that are no longer valid in a first ring suburb. Did you know it is a violation to sweep stable shaving, manure and excelsior out into the street? Is the new city works building in violation of code because it is within 600 feet of a bowling alley? That also has pool tables on the premises? Did you know that it is unlawful to carry any instrument, device or implement that can be used to leave a permanent mark on a building,or natural surface?

    City code is a living document that needs regular revision to stay current with state and federal laws. In my opinion it also should be clearly worded and comprehensible to the average citizen. It should have consistent formatting to make it user friendly. There are pages and pages of redundant language that complicate looking up the data a user is looking for.

    Ms. Bowman may not “believe in spending money on do not improve or sustain the good life in Crystal” but I submit that not fixing a potential problem that you know exists until it becomes urgent seems very short sighted to me. Surely not needing to punish a citizen for violating an obscure, outdated code is preferable to rushing to update the code after the fact. I believe that is known as being a good leader.


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