Friday, November 20, 2015

What will happen when we don't give our addresses at Citizen Comments on Monday? UPDATED 2X

On November 15, 2015,  I filed a Right To Know asking for proof that Coleen Vuono is a bona fide resident of Ward 3, as required in the Home Rule Charter,  Article III, Section 305 Qualifications of Commissioners.

To file this Right To Know, I had to give my name and address. To speak at a commission meeting, I must provide my address showing that I am a resident of Mt. Lebanon.

Today, I received this response. 11/20/15 Response to Vuono address RTK

I am so tired of the crap that is being thrown at me by the municipal staff and commission. Not that it will do any good, but I sent this email to Bonnie Cross, Keith McGill, Phil Weis, and Dan Miller.

This is unbelievable. I am required to give my address when I file RTKs and when I address the commission. Yet, my commissioner is not required to prove that she is a bona fide resident of Ward 3. If Coleen Vuono is not a bona fide resident of Ward 3, she cannot be a Ward 3 commissioner. I will hear on or before December 18? After the legal review, Ms. Vuono will only have two weeks left of her term.

What is really pathetic is that yesterday, Ms. Vuono's dossier was updated on the municipal website to show her new residency on Kingsberry Circle. http://mtlebanon.org/index.aspx?nid=56 A pdf is also attached showing her updated dossier.

You folks are abusing the Right To Know law. Every RTK I file now, includes an additional 30 day extension for a legal review. Unbelievable.

Elaine Gillen
So what will happen if we refuse to give our addresses on Monday, if we choose to speak during Citizen Comments at Monday's Commission Meeting? I would have added a link to the Commission Meeting Agenda here, but as of 7:25 PM, no agenda has been posted on the municipal website.

Update November 21, 2015 2:48 AM The manager has until 6:30 PM tonight to post the meeting agendas according to Section 110.4 of the Administrative Code.









Update November 21, 2015 8:44 AM

From:Keith Mcgill <kmcgill@mtlebanon.org>
To:egillen476 <egillen476@aol.com>
Cc:Commission <commission@mtlebanon.org>; Philip Weis <philip.weis@bipc.com>; Nicholas Schalles <nschalles@mtlebanon.org>
Subject:Re: Agendas
Date:Sat, Nov 21, 2015 8:32 am
Attachments:Discussion Session 11-23-15.pdf (342K), Supplemental agenda 11-23-15.pdf (305K), 2016 Salary Ordinance.pdf (486K)

Good morning Elaine,

 The regular meeting agenda is on the website under the video part of the website, where citizens can observe the agenda and comment on the items.  It's been there since Friday afternoon and I know it is also on the cable channel.
I just sent the discussion and agenda and related salary ordinance to Nick Schalles to post on the web. I am attaching the same documents to this email for you.
Sorry for the delay. They should be on the website soon.
Keith 

On Fri, Nov 20, 2015 at 10:12 PM, egillen476@aol.com <egillen476@aol.com> wrote:
Commissioners,

As of 10:10 PM tonight, there are no meeting agendas for Monday's Commission Discussion Session or Commission Meeting posted on mtlebanon.org.  Would you be able to send me a copy so that I may post it on my website, lebocitizens.com?

Elaine Gillen



--
Keith McGill, AICP
Interim Municipal Manager/Municipal Planner
412-343-3684
kmcgill@mtlebanon.org 

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

I would think indicating that you reside in x ward is sufficient for proof of residency. There has to be a legitimate public need for your specific address.

http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/speaking-at-public-meetings

Jason Margolis said...

Why are you the only watchdog journalist keeping an eye on MTL and maintaining accountability? What are all the "real journalists" doing--those who get salaries and benefits for not doing what you are doing???

E. T. Gillen said...

I know, right? This just went to the commissioners:

Commissioners,

As of 10:10 PM tonight, there are no meeting agendas for Monday's Commission Discussion Session or Commission Meeting posted on mtlebanon.org. Would you be able to send me a copy so that I may post it on my website, lebocitizens.com?

Elaine Gillen

E. T. Gillen said...

OK, something is going on. At 2:10 AM, still no meeting agendas.
Elaine

Anonymous said...

Did they skip the administrative report this week?

E. T. Gillen said...

Here is a link to the AR. Administrative Report
Elaine

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Elaine.

Anonymous said...

Terrible. Terrible. Try stop paying your taxes until corrected?