January 6, 2010


Council to create advisory committee guidelines

Aldermen will meet Tuesday to set up scope of financial advisory committee

Staff Reporter

Members of the city Common Council said they want to frame the goals and structure of Mayor Susan Feiszli’s proposed Finance Advisory Committee, and they set up a workshop session to form the guidelines of the committee.
The special meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Common Council Chambers.
The Finance Advisory Committee is intended to provide citizen input to the Common Council and staff regarding financial matters.
Alderman Dan Quail (R-5th Ward) said at Tuesday’s Common Council meeting that he wants to see a stronger structure for the committee so that the council can decide what the committee studies.
“One thing I don’t want to see is a Monday morning quarterback second guessing us all the time,” Quail said.
The committee would have regular meetings quarterly and meet on an ad hoc basis to discuss other issues, according to Feiszli’s proposal. Alderman Stephanie Hayes (D-2nd Ward) said she thinks the committee should meet at least once a month to be an effective committee.
“Having a meeting quarterly on finances is to me a little frightening,” Hayes said.
Feiszli said after the meeting that she is pleased with the council’s suggestions and consensus that a financial advisory committee should be created. If the committee works according to guidelines set by the council, she said she thinks the council’s concerns will be alleviated.
Feiszli said John Poli, a Tompkins County Trust Co. vice president; Systems East owner James Buttino; and retiree Gene Palmer have volunteered to serve on the Finance Advisory Committee.
Alderman Tom Michales (R-8th Ward) said he would also like to see some “regular homeowners” on the committee who do not have backgrounds in finance.
“It should consist of a well rounded group of city participants,” Michaels said.
Also Tuesday, the council voted unanimously to appoint former mayor Ron Walsh as the city attorney, former county Legislator Carol Tytler as the city clerk and Alderman Ken Dye the acting mayor.
Two representatives of Thoma Development Consultants also presented options for grant programs the city can apply for this year. The council will discuss the options during its special meeting Tuesday.


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