It appears that the New Buffalo City Council members decided to bury deep down in a proposed 2018/219 budget the elimination of lifeguards at the City’s beach. City Clerk Lori Vander Clay did not inform the public about this open forum either through an email blast or on the City’s website. The continued veil of secrecy at city hall disenfranchise the residents in public decision-making.
This might be a budget tightening maneuver since all spare dollars appear to being sucked up in the downtown project. This year the City employees, in their goal for a wall of secrecy, stopped broadcasting public meetings – thus keeping this decision to eliminate lifeguards a well-kept secret. The only way you can find out about this decision or any decision is to attend the meetings. The announcements of the meeting are sketchy and Vander Clay believes she does not have to abide the City Charter that requires she provide the proceedings of every meeting on the City’s website within 15 days of the meetings.
This display of total disregard for government transparency should not be tolerated by the residents. We always were proud of our lifeguard team who have saved lives a number of times. To save bucks to spend on downtown lighting, should we risk lives? Most people would say no but apparently, the council members and the city employees say yes – in secret.