Thursday, January 27, 2011

Review of Overview Review Reviews

Despite the temptation, I will refrain from rattling on about what I see as the problems vis-à-vis the Unified Government of Athens Clarke County and the implementation of the Charter – I have done so ad nauseam for a long time and have virtually nothing to show for it, so why bother.  Suffice it to say that I was disappointed, but not surprised, that the Overview Commission did not take up what I regard as its rightful mantle and severely chastise City Hall over its manifest failures to adhere to our local government’s foundational document.

Be that as it may, the 2010 Overview Commission’s Review may be downloaded from the Auditor’s web site.  Response to the document has been rather muted.  I think that the Review made its inaugural appearance at a Federation of Neighborhoods meeting on 10 January.  John Huie had a write-up in Flagpole on 12 January.  This was followed by a TOA blog post on 18 January and a Banner-Herald opinion column on 23 January by yours truly.  Blake Aued followed with a Banner-Herald news article on 24 January.  Finally Myra Blackmon weighed in with a opinion piece of her own in the 26 January edition of the Banner-Herald.

And, to date, that has been it.  Even though I was disappointed with the results of their deliberations (it is a committee process after all), I thank the members of the Overview Commission for their time and efforts.

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