Mayor McFarlane Backs Off of Citizen Engagement Overhaul | News Briefs | Indy Week
Pin It

Mayor McFarlane Backs Off of Citizen Engagement Overhaul 

140103_mcfarlane_051.jpg

McFarlane Backs Down on CACs

Droves of supporters of Raleigh's citizen advisory committees descended upon last Tuesday night's city council session to speak out in opposition to a new community engagement board created by the council May 2. And in the end, Mayor Nancy McFarlane—a chief proponent of this new system—appeared to back down.

McFarlane, part of a 5–3 majority that created the CEB, showed in her opening remarks that she had already heard clearly that the CACs, which have advised the city council on zoning and other matters for decades, felt sidestepped by the proposed new layers of committees.

"I do want to take a few moments now and acknowledge the concerns that have been circulating in the community regarding the future of the CACs," McFarlane told the packed council chambers. "The CACs have not been disbanded or changed in any way. I believe every member of this city council understands and values the important role the CACs have had and continue to play in citizen engagement."

The mayor called for a reboot of the process that took into account the decades of work members had put into CACs. Specifically, McFarlane suggested a council work session that would get help in smoothing out the process from an outside consultant. This appeared to be a different stance from the one that mayor had taken in May, when she described the advisory councils as representing far too few members of the city's burgeoning population.

"What we're doing now is starting a community-wide discussion on how we can better communicate and engage with the public now that we are a community that is approaching a half a million people," she said. "And I apologize that our communication efforts have failed in conveying that message."

  • Last week, she called for a “community-wide discussion” and said she didn’t want to do away with CACs

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

INDY Week publishes all kinds of comments, but we don't publish everything.

  • Comments that are not contributing to the conversation will be removed.
  • Comments that include ad hominem attacks will also be removed.
  • Please do not copy and paste the full text of a press release.

Permitted HTML:
  • To create paragraphs in your comment, type <p> at the start of a paragraph and </p> at the end of each paragraph.
  • To create bold text, type <b>bolded text</b> (please note the closing tag, </b>).
  • To create italicized text, type <i>italicized text</i> (please note the closing tag, </i>).
  • Proper web addresses will automatically become links.

Latest in News Briefs



Twitter Activity

Comments

Assault is an action not an object ,you can assault someone with a freaking flip-flop .ONCE AGAIN AR =ARMALITE RIFLE …

by Joe Alphin on How to Buy an Assault Rifle in North Carolina (News Briefs)

The founding fathers intended that all adults 18-40 be armed with the weapons of a light infantry soldier. The purpose …

by Vernon Robinson on How to Buy an Assault Rifle in North Carolina (News Briefs)

Most Recent Comments

Assault is an action not an object ,you can assault someone with a freaking flip-flop .ONCE AGAIN AR =ARMALITE RIFLE …

by Joe Alphin on How to Buy an Assault Rifle in North Carolina (News Briefs)

The founding fathers intended that all adults 18-40 be armed with the weapons of a light infantry soldier. The purpose …

by Vernon Robinson on How to Buy an Assault Rifle in North Carolina (News Briefs)

Sadly, I just found this conversation, but thought I would add to the debate on the benefit of moderate and …

by Bruce Wood on Some facts about tanning (News Briefs)

An AR-15 is NOT an assault rifle. If you're going to make a coherent argument against gun rights, please at …

by Eladio Bobadilla on How to Buy an Assault Rifle in North Carolina (News Briefs)

The basic necessity of an individuals life is proper food, cloth and shelter. But still a major portion of our …

by carsonmojica on The cost of treating charity-care & bad-debt patients (News Briefs)

© 2017 Indy Week • 320 E. Chapel Hill St., Suite 200, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
RSS Feeds | Powered by Foundation