Bowie city councilor hopes to change city agenda policy

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One Bowie city councilor hopes to change how items get added to the agenda after someone was denied that option.

During Monday’s City Council meeting, local businessman Windol Robbins spoke during public comment telling city leaders his request for an item on the agenda was denied. This lead to North Precinct One City Councilor Thomas Kent to take a stand during public comment and voice his frustrations because he said he feels there isn’t a set way for councilors and residents to get their items on the agenda.

“When I got my packet on Friday and I opened it up, three agenda items that were on there to be voted on we hadn’t even discussed,” Kent said. “The items that should have been on there from the citizen’s concerns from our previous meeting weren’t on the agenda.”

City Manager Bert Cunningham said some items aren’t meant for the City Council agenda but more for public comment.

“If the item is an actionable item, if it’s not a gripe session typically a lot of times even councilors just want to have a gripe session and that’s okay but our formal meeting is not the place to do that,” Cunningham said.

Kent said there needs to be a workshop to fix the policies and procedures that would give citizens and the council a voice. 

“We’ve got to revamp our process,” Kent said. “Currently, there is no defined methodology of getting an agenda item on the agenda by the citizen or by the city councilman.”

After making his statement in front of city leaders, Kent said he hopes they will have a workshop and something will be done. 

The next meeting will take place on May 13, 2019.

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