The Town Council last night discussed the suspension of the operation and terminate the members of the Development Review Board, the Art Review Commission, the Finance and Bond Committee, and the Parks and Rec Advisory Board.
Leading the charge, Mayor Hiremath, denying that he is trying to abolish citizen participation in town Government, asserted that there was a need to step back to develop an effective system of operation.
"We need figure out what we want to do," noted Hiremath using an analogy to his father asking him to clean the garage, putting everything back into a proper place (not sure what he really meant by this).
Council Person Waters stressed that "we've reached a new point" as a more developed Town than when these Boards were initially established. "We need to take a good hard look at the Boards and Commissions and how we do business in Oro Valley."
Council Person Hornat supported not suspending these Boards; rather, use the next six months to understand what they are doing and to use their expertise. "I want to continue these Boards and evaluate these individually." Council Person Snyder agreed. "I too value the volunteer spirit in town," she noted.
Bill Garner said he is not in agreement that "...we should go cold turkey" and suspend these Boards. "We need to work with our Boards and Commissions." Garner felt that a disbandment would "send out the wrong message." These boards are a very good source of citizen training, Garner noted.
Five Citizens, for various reasons, spoke on not suspending these boards. One, Bill Adler, noted that he wasn't sure that the Council Members understood what they wanted these Boards to do, creating written expectations by the end of this year. Mike Zinkin, former DRB head, noted that the Board Members have no training since Sara Moore left. "Dont' get rid of them. Train them."
The Board voted, 7 to 0, to further study how these Boards operate, what the Council wants these Boards to do, and what they will do in the future.