12/4/2013 12:07:00 PM Citizen scolds City Council over texting during meeting
A Rice Lake citizen who watched City Council meetings on television said one of the council members was sending and receiving text messages during a recent council meeting. Jim Weber, of 1029 Linden Ave., said that the council member should have been paying attention during the meeting, and that texting during a meeting was disrespectful to other members of the council. He said the texts should be public documents because they may have been to other council members about how they would vote on a topic at hand or other city business. Weber's comments came during the public comments part of the meeting. The council took no action. In other matters the council granted a beer license to Lake Buffet at 2908 Pioneer Ave., and a temporary wine license at Don Johnson Motors on Dec. 10 for a Chamber of Commerce event. The council also agreed to acquire several small parcels around the city that are available for tax deeds. The parcels, on Short Street, Lakeshore Drive, S. Wisconsin Avenue and Gessell Avenue, are unbuildable and will be useful to the city for right of way. The council also authorized the hiring of a part-time truck driver/maintenance worker, two seasonal full time 3-month maintenance workers, and a part-time transit driver. - - - -
Posted: Wednesday, December 4, 2013
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I am writing today to clarify the so called texting problem mentioned in the article. I want Mr. Weber, and anyone else that was concerned, to know that the Councilmember being referred to was not doing anything illegal, or unethical in terms of trying to force particular outcomes from the Council and how they voted. I know this because I was the person texting the Councilmember from the audience. As I sat in the audience (with only 4 other people), I sent numerous text messages to more than one councilmember asking questions for clarification, since as a member of the audience I am not allowed to speak out during meetings. I sent them during the meeting because yes, I believed maybe the public would have liked clarification on certain topics as well. I can assure anyone and everyone that there was nothing going on that was inappropriate. What I do like is the fact that someone was actually watching the meeting that closely.