Urban Politics #49: Library Citizen Review Panel Resolution


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By City Councilmember Nick Licata.

Urban Politics (UP) blends my insights and information on current public policy developments and personal experiences with the intent of helping citizens shape Seattle’s future.

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CONTENTS:

  • Library Citizen Review Panel Resolution
  • Nominations Needed For Parks Naming Com.
  • Music & Youth Task Force Established
  • Vote Tomorrow – Tuesday, November 3rd

Library Citizen Review Panel To Be Created

At today’s City Council Meeting my Resolution 29846 passed unanimously with the active support of the City’s Librarian Deborah Jacobs and the Library Board President Betty Jane Narver. The resolution requests that the Library Board commit to enhanced financial reporting to the public in the implementation of the “Libraries for All” Bond capital plan (PROPOSITION ONE) and establish a Citizen Implementation Review Panel. The Seattle Library Board will take up this resolution at their next board meeting.

I introduced this resolution for 3 reasons:

1. To clearly state that the distribution of funds to the branch libraries as has been outlined in the “Libraries for All” bond issue (PROPOSITION ONE) will be adhered to. The actual dollar amounts committed to each branch library are part of the resolution. If the expenditures or floor space commitments for any library facility deviates by more than 10% the Citizen Implementation Review Panel must be consulted.

2. To guarantee a geographically balanced neighborhood representation on a Citizen Implementation Review Panel to see that the bond issue funds are spent in a manner consistent with the bond proposal’s objectives. The new panel will consist of 13 members. Six will be chosen by the City Neighborhood Council to represent the six geographic regions of the City. Another six will be chosen from the Library Board and all twelve will then select a thirteenth member.

3. To confirm that the financial accounting for the bond issue shall set the highest possible standard for public disclosure and integrity by requesting that the Lib. Board observe certain and specific public access procedures. All expenditures of Bond funds, private donations and other public funds to implement the Library’s Plan will be made available to the public on the internet and at all branch libraries.

Nominations Needed For Parks Naming Committee

I am currently soliciting names of citizens to sit on the Parks Naming Committee. The major duty of this committee is to establish policies and procedures to be followed in selecting names to be submitted to the Superintendent. Parks can only be named for deceased civic leaders, however portions of parks my be named for people still living and active in our community.

There are only three members of this Committee, so an appointment to it carries some influence in selecting who should receive recognition through our Park System.

If you are interested in submitting a name, please email that person’s name and the reason for submitting him or her to Newell Aldrich, my Legislative Assistant at newell.aldrich@seattle.gov

Music & Youth Task Force Established

A resolution sponsored by Council Members Richard CONLIN, Nick LICATA & Tina PODLODOWSKI passed unanimously last week creating a Music and Youth Task Force to advise the City Council and the Mayor on options for revising Ordinance 113826, the Teen Dance Ordinance, relating to regulating music and dance events for young people under the age of 21.

The Task Force will make recommendations for policy changes that the City can adopt which realistically balance legal, liability, access, health and safety concerns. It will review the history of regulation of musical events and venues for people under the age of 21 and coordinate input from interested groups for identifying their needs and what policies they would like to see the City pursue.

The Task Force will be meeting for about 6 months with a report expected to be presented to the City Council by May 1st, 1999. Its membership will be comprised of ten to fifteen people who represent: youth and youth groups, parents, arts and music groups, police and fire departments, and organizations that work with young people.

You may recommend possible Task Force members to Richard Conlin’s Legislative Assistant, Sheila Capestany at sheila.capestany@seattle.gov

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