19 Jun

City Administrator and Candidates to Meet on Budget

first_img My husband, Bobby, is sitting right here, and he said the meetings should be open to the public, and said, why are the meetings so secretive? Same old, same old. Apopka’s idea of transparency, is to have a meeting behind closed doors, and only invite CERTAIN members of the public. Mr. Irby, I would like to remind you that the four candidates who are the challengers for seat 3, and seat 4, for council, are not elected yet, and they are nothing more than myself, a citizen, who is a part of the general public. And I mean no disrespect to them. Glen, why don’t you get real? You could of let the public sit in on the meetings, and set the rules, prior to the meeting, that there would be no speaking, and questions from the other members of the public, that were not running for the council. As you stated, Glen, the budget is on-line on the website, in its entirety, then why the behind closed door meetings? It is a smelly, stinky idea, and I don’t like it at all, and I am troubled by such as this, with the public being left out of the equation. What are you all up to, up there at city hall? Seriously? UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply 2 COMMENTS February 8, 2016 at 8:39 pm Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Previous articleApopka City Council Seat 4 Candidate Q&A – Week 6Next articleBurglary Report – Week Ending 2/07/2016 Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR [poll id=”11″] The Apopka Voice has learned that two budget meetings will take place between the candidates for Council Seat#3 (Commissioner Sam Ruth, Doug Bankson and Alice Nolan), Council Seat #4 (Commissioner Bill Arrowsmith, Kyle Becker and Young Kim) and City Administrator Glenn Irby tomorrow and Thursday.The meetings will not be open to the public.“We are offering a meeting with candidates seeking office purely as a courtesy,” said City Administrator Glenn Irby through an email to The Apopka Voice. “We will be discussing the operating budget for 2015-2016 and capital projects currently underway or soon to be started.  Governmental budgets are difficult to maneuver if you do not work with them.”Irby also explained how it ended up being two meetings instead of one for the four non-incumbent candidates.“I did not believe the two incumbents would care to join in on this courtesy meeting and planned to have one meeting for the challengers.  When both Commissioners Arrowsmith and Ruth expressed a desire to attend, I had one of two choices: 1) advertise a public meeting, or 2) hold two separate meetings.  By holding two separate meetings, Commissioner Arrowsmith could attend one and Commissioner Ruth could attend the other.”It is a meeting Doug Bankson has wanted for quite awhile.“I had asked over a month ago to meet with the city administrator over questions I had with the budget and was told at that time they were working on meeting with everyone together to answer any questions,” said Bankson. “I would have preferred to be able to meet with him directly, but it appears to save time they wanted to meet together. I did question whether there was a sunshine law issue and was told they were keeping the two seats separate so as not to create any infractions.”Irby explained that one-on-one meetings are not off the table, but that two meetings may be more time-effective.“I considered one-on-one meetings but decided the group idea would not take as long to disseminate the same information. At the forums I will explain to the attendees they can request a one-on-one with me at a later date.”Kyle Becker, candidate for Seat#4 welcomes a chance to talk about the budget.“From how it was presented to me, this is a forum for the candidates of both seats to ask any questions pertaining to the budget. I think it is a good idea, and something I am looking forward to,” Becker said.  “I am really open to any forum, at the end of the day it is an opportunity for me to ask detailed questions directly to city staff leadership.”Irby went on to explain why the public is not invited to this budget discussion.“If the public were to attend and were allowed to speak and ask questions, the candidates would not necessarily receive the personal attention they need to answer questions possibly asked of them during the campaign,” he said.  “If the public ever has a specific question, I can and always do make myself available to answer.”“We have two meetings per month and both are open to the public.  We had numerous budget workshops where the entire budget was open and fully explained.  The public was invited to the workshops.  The budget is posted in its entirety online at the city’s website. All capital projects are discussed in the open and voted on by the Council where public input is always welcome.”Alice Nolan, candidate for Seat #3, will bring the public’s questions with her as well as her own.“I am excited to sit down and speak with Glenn Irby about questions the public has and questions I have,” Nolan said.*****What do you think?  Should the public be allowed to observe these meetings?  Let Your Voice be heard by voting in our online poll below: Bobby Reid February 9, 2016 at 9:56 am Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Reply Tenita Reid Please enter your comment! Please enter your name here Reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address herelast_img read more

12 May

Employers must see the person, not the disability

first_img Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. With thelaunch of the Disability Rights Commission campaign this week, Prime MinisterTony Blair, writing exclusively for Personnel Today, argues that disabledemployees benefit businessHumanresources professionals need little convincing about the contribution peoplewith disabilities make in the workplace. They know that the talent and commitmentof disabled workers will compensate for the small costs of any necessaryequipment or adaptations many times over.In this, HRmanagers and the Government are in agreement – disabled people face enoughchallenges without society creating new ones. The shared challenge for us is toconvince employers and managers that providing disabled people with a fairchance in the workplace is not a burden or even just an opportunity to do theright thing, but can also benefit business performance.The heartof this challenge is tackling prejudice and preconceptions – often held bydecent, well-meaning people who make assumptions based on ignorance. In a way,they too are trapped in a cycle where disabled people are assumed to beincapable of taking up work, and are therefore excluded from the workplace asthey are from so many other parts of society. This, in turn, denies disabledpeople the chance to show what they can achieve, so perpetuating thestereotypes that hold them back in the first place.TheGovernment is working to create the right economic and social conditions sothat everyone can fulfil their potential. As part of this, we are committed tohelping disabled people break down the barriers they face – from school onwards– and challenging preconceptions. Where necessary, this is backed by law toensure that civil rights are enjoyed by all. But it is also providing practicalhelp both to disabled people and prospective employers to ensure that disabledpeople can compete for jobs on equal terms.So,alongside full implementation of the Disability Discrimination Act, and bigincreases in benefits for those who need them most, we have set up the New Dealfor Disabled People, which will be extended nationally next July. This willcapitalise on the excellent work it has done already in helping more than 5,000disabled people into jobs.We havealso provided more practical advice and assistance to help employers recruitand retain disabled people, and ensure their existing employees can stay inwork if they develop a disability or long-term illness. The Access to Workscheme provides practical advice and support to disabled people and theiremployers to help overcome work-related obstacles resulting from disability. The newDisability Rights Commission is an example of this comprehensive approach. Itprovides advice as well as ensuring rights are understood on all sides and, ifnecessary, can be enforced. I want the commission to come to be seen – and Iknow the commission agrees about this – not as a police force for a set oflegal obligations but as a resource to help firms make the changes they need tobring more disabled people into the workforce. It is certainly a resource whichwe in government need to use fully. Although there have been advances –including in my own office – government as a whole is still behind where weshould be. Often thesechanges are so minor that they are a drop in the ocean compared to the widercosts of recruitment. The average cost of adaptations in the workplace is about£50 for each disabled employee. And with a million more people in work thanthree years ago, and the Government committed to the long-term aim of fullemployment, meeting the needs of disabled people will, I believe, become a moreimportant way for companies to attract quality employees.In the end,all that disabled people want is the chance to show what they can do. Allemployers need to do is to see the person, not their disability, and thendecide if they have the skills for the job. And forgovernment – as for HR professionals – the task is to convince employers andmanagers that it is often that easy. And when it is more difficult, there ishelp at hand. Related posts:No related photos. Employers must see the person, not the disabilityOn 12 Dec 2000 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more