Comments on: Besides the Budget: Council’s May 20 Meeting it's like being there Tue, 16 Sep 2014 04:56:38 +0000 hourly 1 By: Mark Koroi Mark Koroi Tue, 28 May 2013 05:39:29 +0000 The Downtown Area Citizens Advisory Council (DACAC) did not have the confirmation list voted on by City Council as had been scheduled.

This means that the next scheduled meeting of DACAC which I have been advised by Ray Detter was for May 30th may not be held since that body is not duly constituted.

As of this date, I have only been able to ascertain that Detter is the only former DACAC member to have filed a new application. I am not aware of anyone else who has applied for the 15-seat council – which has no duly-constituted members at this juncture.

Based upon my three consecutive appearances at City Council on May 6th, 13th, and 20th about the dysfunctional nature that this body has operated, I believe this has prompted the comments of the Mayor and Marcia Higgins above regarding the appointments process.

DACAC is mandated under state law(Public Act 197 of 1975), although the city can pass a resolution to opt out of having this body if they so choose. Being that no resolution has passed in that regard, the DACAC must operate to issue recommendations to the DDA and City Council.

I am pleased that City Council has revisited and reconsidered te appointments process to ostensibly give downtown-area citizens an opportunity in a meaningful way to apply for vacancies and make the general appointments proceedure as a whole a fairer public process.

I hope that more citizens will step forward to apply for these vacancies.