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Mayoral forum: Kintigh discusses council, city

August 3, 2014 • Local News

Roswell Mayor Dennis Kintigh answers a question from Daily Record reporter Jeff Tucker during an editorial staff interview Thursday. Kintigh has been meeting monthly with the newspaper’s editorial team to address any and all questions from the staff and the public. (Randal Seyler Photo)

 

Editor’s note: This is the third in a monthly series of interviews with Roswell Mayor Dennis Kintigh by Roswell Daily Record staff. Those with a question for the mayor may send queries to Daily Record editor Timothy Howsare at editor@rdrnews.com, or to staff writer Jeff Tucker at reporter01@rdrnews.com.

 

Is there a rule on the attendance of City Council members?

“No, there is no requirement that they attend,” Kintigh said.

 

How do you feel about the absenteeism of some city councilors at City Council meetings?

“It’s frustrating; summertime is understandable,” Kintigh said. “I am concerned that we have too much absences at times.”

 

Does the city have any facility to conference the City Council members who are physically absent?

“Yeah, you can,” Kintigh said. “Sharon Coll, the city clerk, and I are both rather frustrated with our whole telecommunications arrangement there in City Hall. The video over Cable One is not very good. We don’t have a good system of getting phone calls in. I don’t really like the phone calls coming in because then the councilors don’t have materials in front of them. Under the municipal code, that’s allowed, so we do it. I wish it was better. We need to work on that. We need to get that fixed.”

 

What are you going to do about absenteeism of City Council members?

“Here’s the thing we’ve done about it,” Kintigh said. “If you go to the (city’s) website, attendance is there. I asked Ms. Coll to put our attendance there. That’s the objective, transparency.”

 

What are the conditions of the city’s animal shelter?

“As far as I know, we have no issues with the animal control shelter, as far as the physical conditions there,” Kintigh said.

 

What are the Yucca and Way Finding capital projects?

”Way Finding is signage in the downtown area,” Kintigh said. “It’s part of the idea to help create a more visitor-friendly environment. Yucca, the fundamental issue that must be resolved is do we continue to repair the current Yucca center, or do we build a new rec center? What I have asked Councilor Tabitha Denny to do is to submit to the council an ordinance on that very issue. Let’s have a debate, let’s have a discussion and let’s, as a council, say Login to read more

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