If it appears that the Indianapolis City-County Council hasn’t done much in 2012 it might be because its committees are hardly ever meeting.
A check of committee meetings from January through June showed the following…
- January – 11 meetings were scheduled; 5 meetings were cancelled; (45.46%)
- February – 13 meetings scheduled; 2 meetings were cancelled; (15.39%)
- March – 11 meetings were scheduled; 2 meetings were cancelled; (18.19%)
- April – 11 meetings were scheduled; 1 meeting was cancelled; (9.09%)
- May – 8 meetings were scheduled; 3 were cancelled; (37.5%)
- June – 11 meetings were scheduled; 9 were cancelled; (81.82%)
Normally my “government that governs least governs best” streak would be cheering at the fact that more than a third of the Council’s meetings were cancelled. Unfortunately these cancellations have had some consequences.
One of which was an appropriation that would have replaced the air conditioning in some of the vans for animal care and control. Because that meeting never happened, the air conditioning was never replaced and some of the animals have actually died from heat exhaustion.
Also add in the fact the list of pending proposals continues to grow longer and there is a budget that will be here before you know it. It makes you wonder why these meetings keep getting cancelled and what are we paying this body for?