Expired Terms "Nothing New" For Hyattsville
Former chair of city Code Advisory Committee says "system has been broken for a long time"
In response to a memo which details the organizational disarray which currently entangles almost all of Hyattsville's municipal boards, committees and commissions, Nina Faye, speaking as the chair of the city's Code Advisory Committee, writes that dealing with expired subcommittee terms is not new territory for the city government.
Now, Faye is technically no longer the Code Advisory Committee chair, as all of the Code Avisory Committee terms had expired by July 2012, according to the memo to members of Hyattsville's City Council from Acting City Administrator Elaine Stookey.
The only standing committee which can be said to be operating legitimately would be the city's Board of Elections, according to Stookey's memo.
Faye's comment, sent to Patch over email, is posted below:
"I would like to point out that the situation with expired terms of appointment is nothing new. It has happened many times over the years. As to minutes, I find the report confusing, as the minutes of our meetings are posted on the City web site. Our meetings have been posted on the City Calendar as well, except for last week's. That was an anomoly; the city had refused to participate or assist in scheduling our meetings since last April. In frustration, we held a meeting without city staff present. We were given a meeting room at City Hall and advertised the meeting to as many groups (including the HOPE) as we could. The system has been broken for a long time. The Environment Committee and the Code Committee have extremely dedicated citizen members who take a lot of personal time to try to assist and advise Council and staff. I see the Environment Committee meeting postings and minutes frequently on their list. They have done significant work for the City, as has the Code Committee." - Nina Faye, former chair of the Hyattsville Code Advisory Committee