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Joined: June 20th, 2007, 11:54 pm

November 11th, 2017, 8:18 am #101

During the Plan E era the councilor with the most votes became the council president and acted as Mayor for ceremonial purposes.
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Joined: February 19th, 2010, 9:12 pm

November 11th, 2017, 8:23 am #102

Dun Fudgin wrote: During the Plan E era the councilor with the most votes became the council president and acted as Mayor for ceremonial purposes.
Melissa Cox got the most votes but the GDT article says she would like to be VP, not President, due to her full-time job.  Having attended a number of council and P& D meetings, I think Paul Lundberg would do a wonderful job as President and Melissa would be great as VP.
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Joined: September 1st, 2012, 8:06 am

November 11th, 2017, 8:53 am #103

I agree with Karly (and flounda).
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Joined: June 25th, 2007, 6:00 pm

November 11th, 2017, 12:08 pm #104

We are talking about someone to run the City Council. I consider this job extremely important because it determines the makeup of council committees and how meetings are run. I think management experience is most important for this and would tend toward Lundberg for that reason. However I would be happy with Steve (or Melissa).
Don't you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought?...   ..........
 George Orwell , 1984
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Joined: April 1st, 2011, 11:07 pm

November 11th, 2017, 12:21 pm #105

The GCC president should know "Robert's Rules of Order" because proper use
of this technique makes the GCC meeting go smoothly and with fairness.

As Council president, Jim Destino did this well and for one, cut out marathon meetings.
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Joined: September 1st, 2012, 8:06 am

November 12th, 2017, 11:34 am #106

Leland33 wrote: The GCC president should know "Robert's Rules of Order" because proper use
of this technique makes the GCC meeting go smoothly and with fairness.

As Council president, Jim Destino did this well and for one, cut out marathon meetings.
A big amen to that.
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Joined: January 16th, 2007, 5:15 am

November 12th, 2017, 4:39 pm #107

The single most important job of the council president is to run fair and efficient meetings with an eye towards asserting the council's role and responsibilities within the general running of the city. Jim Destino was a great council president who not only knew Robert's Rules as a registered parliamentarian, but also knew the charter and went out of his way to educate his fellow councilors on procedure and what was necessary to be an effective member of the council. I've seen Paul run meetings as the Planning Board chair and he did a bang up job; if he wants the gavel, I would encourage the council to vote him in. It's not a popularity contest of who gets the most votes by the public, it's who is going to be a fair, even and guiding hand to the rest of the council.
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Joined: April 1st, 2011, 11:07 pm

November 12th, 2017, 5:16 pm #108

Leland33 wrote: The GCC president should know "Robert's Rules of Order" because proper use
of this technique makes the GCC meeting go smoothly and with fairness.

As Council president, Jim Destino did this well and for one, cut out marathon meetings.
Jim had a pet peeve of councillors repeating what another councillor had just said.

Aheeeem.
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Joined: August 13th, 2005, 5:30 am

November 15th, 2017, 5:12 pm #109

Cape Ann TV's coverage of Election Night at City Hall - lots of interviews:

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