Monday, March 9, 2009

CIB Meetings - How Inconvenient

I wanted to attend the Capital Improvement Board meeting today. Of course it wasn't on the city's calendar of meetings. I checked with the information desk at the City-County Building, the Council and the Department of Metropolitan Development. I could not find anyone in the building who even knew about the meeting.

Turns out it was at 2 p.m. across town at the Convention Center. So someone wanting to go to the meeting would have to take off work and travel downtown in the middle of the day.

Do you get the impression the CIB really doesn't want the public at its meetings?

8 comments:

Downtown Indy said...

I get the impression they don't care about taxpayers at all.

But yes, they all apparently have 'real jobs' and I'd think they would be better off having an evening meeting. The CC Council considers the taxpayer's ability to attend and schedules theirs at 7pm.

Attyabdul said...

Why didn't you just call the CIB and ask them where they were meeting? They tend to meet in the same place every month. Seems like a pretty easy way to get information. But what do I know? I'm just a rookie.

Paul K. Ogden said...

Or possibly, since the CIB is a public entity, the Board could post the meetings? In fact, I do believe that is a legal requirement.

Paul K. Ogden said...

I would add "Attyabdul" that still doesn't answer the question why the CIB is holding meetings at 2 p.m. when most people can't attend. Obviously they don't want the public attending.

Attyabdul said...

They do post the meetings outside their office doors at the Convention Center.

Paul K. Ogden said...

Attyabdul,

That is too funny. I stand corrected. Of course the CIB wants the public to come to its meetings. All you have to do is travel downtown, find parking, go to the CIB offices and look at the notice posted outside.

Downtown Indy said...

This reminded me of a passage from Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy:

"But Mr Dent, the plans have been available in the local planning office for the last nine months."

"Oh yes, well as soon as I heard I went straight round to see them, yesterday afternoon. You hadn't exactly gone out of your way to call attention to them, had you? I mean, like actually telling anybody or anything."

"But the plans were on display ..."

"On display? I eventually had to go down to the cellar to find them."

"That's the display department."

"With a flashlight."

"Ah, well the lights had probably gone."

"So had the stairs."

"But look, you found the notice didn't you?"

"Yes," said Arthur, "yes I did. It was on display in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying 'Beware of the Leopard'."

timburns said...

Reminded me of exactly the same thing, "Downtown."

However, if one is, for example, "of counsel" to the law firm in town which represents the Marion Republican party and also and I'm just guessing here, maybe that person has a radio show...then such a person can get that sort of info without trying very hard.

Helps that this person, in my extremely brief dealings with him (and he may be fictitious), is also very competent.**

**Any resemblance to a person living or dead is completely intentional.