What’s with Frank Mickadeit’s OCR column last Thursday? It’s one of the most rambling non-news pieces I’ve seen in the Register lately. A dubious honor, to be sure.
First, he lets Don Schweitzer off the hook because Don wrote a weak and blatantly self serving op-ed piece suggesting that all will be okay when they (Council) “revisit” their medical compensation.
What on earth does “revisit” mean? Are they going to flog a dead horse during a study session, effectively changing nothing, while keeping the whole affair out of public view? Unacceptable.
There’s more to discuss than just medical benefits.
No matter how hard Council tries to portray their “job” as demanding and time consuming, it’s still part time. C’mon, they didn’t know what they were getting into when they ran for office? That might be a plausible excuse for Mr. Murdock, but it doesn’t hold water for anyone else.
The whole compensation package, including whatever retirement benefits they receive, should be on the table for discussion… and not at a study session.
It’s obviously a part time job.
It’s laughable that the item won’t land on the agenda until January thanks to either cancelled meetings or the absence of various council members over the holidays. If Mickadeit’s calculations are accurate, our illustrious hard working Council will have either cancelled or run short handed for a third of their meetings during 2011.
I’m not sure how much others might be willing to pay someone to show up so sporadically, but I’m thinking it ought to be significantly less than what these guys were making before they surprised themselves with a raise.
Even the Mayor’s 100 hours a month is less than what my favorite Starbucks barista works, and he doesn’t get the sort of medical coverage and retirement they do.
Yeah, Mr. Mickadeit, I’ve circled January 3rd as well. I hope a lot of other folks do too, and show up in council chambers ready to make their opinions heard loud and clear.
I’ve also made a note about the elections next November.