Why didn’t they refer it?

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At Dusty Weis’ Edgewater Drinking Game last night, there were whispers that the Edgewater vote would ultimately be referred to the next meeting. With 54 speakers scheduled, the idea that the Council would nod off at around 2 a.m. sounded plausible. But what interests me is why supporters of the plan didn’t push harder to refer it so that Alds. Michael Schumacher and Judy Compton, who both supported the project, could be present to vote.

The Edgewater needed 14 votes and it got 12. It lost solely based on their absence. I can’t make this stuff up.

Does anybody know why Compton was absent? When I asked Schumacher several weeks ago he tersely replied that he had planned to be out of town. Fair enough – on just about any other day. But a $100 million project of the decade? How is this not being discussed? How did Mayor Dave let this stand? If anything, the absences of Compton and Schumacher seem to indicate that the mayor does not have the meticulous control over Council members that some allege he does.

UPDATE: Schumacher says he plans to ask the Council to reconsider its vote. I don’t understand how that would work, and the State Journal article doesn’t seem to know either.

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4 Responses to “Why didn’t they refer it?”

  1. Kristin Czubkowski Says:

    Why they didn’t refer the item knowing who would be absent is a good question, but it’s somewhat important to keep in mind that the council is a part-time body and that council members have lives and work commitments outside of their legislative efforts — including travel for work. However, many of them tend to plan things like travel around their council work as best they can, but when meetings are rescheduled on somewhat short-notice (as was the case with this meeting), it becomes difficult to rearrange other planned obligations.

  2. KB Says:

    Yeah. Schumacher had planned to come back from this business trip in Vegas for the meeting that was supposed to be last Tuesday. Obviously it was canceled.

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