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Memo -10!10!13 Meeting 2

Memo -10!10!13 Meeting 2

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Dixon Mayor Jim Burke's statement.
Dixon Mayor Jim Burke's statement.

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DIXON TOWN HALL MEETING REMARKS 10-10-13 GOOD EVENING EVERYONE AND WELCOME TO THIS TOWN HALL INFORMATIONAL MEETING

. MY FELLOW MEMBERS OF THE CITY COUNCIL HERE IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER INCLUDE COMMISSIONERS DAVE BLACKBURN, COLLEEN BRECHON, DENNIS CONSIDINE AND JEFF KUHN. HERE IN FRONT WITH ME IS SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE CITY COUNCIL AND CHIEF OF POLICE DAN LANGLOSS AND CITY FINANCE DIRECTOR PAULA MEYER. HERE IS THE FORMAT FOR TONIGHTS MEETING. DAN WILL REVIEW ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGES AND BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICES IMPLEMENTED IN CITY HALL AND PREVIEW WHATS TO COME. PAULA WILL REVIEW THE CITY’S FINANCIAL PICTURE AND PROVIDE DETAILS OF FINANCIAL OBLIGATIONS INCURRED AS A RESULT OF THE EMBEZZLEMENT. FURTHERMORE, SHE WILL POINT OUT SOME ANTICIPATED MAINTENANCE EXPENSES ON THE HORIZON. FOLLOWING THOSE PRESENTATIONS, AND WE ASK THAT QUESTIONS BE HELD UNTIL THEN, WE WILL TAKE QUESTIONS AND SUGGESTIONS. YOU WILL BE ABLE TO SPEAK RIGHT FROM YOUR SEAT. TWO PEOPLE WILL CIRCULATE WITH MIKES. RAISE YOUR HAND AND STATE YOUR NAME FOR THE RECORD. BECAUSE OF THE LARGE NUMBER THAT MAY WISH TO ASK QUESTIONS OR MAKE A SUGGESTION WE WILL LIMIT EACH PERSON TO 3 MINUTES EACH. FOR EXAMPLE, IF 60 OR MORE WISH TO SPEAK AT 3 MINUTES EACH THAT’S A MINIMUM OF 3 HOURS AND WE DO WANT TO GIVE EVERYONE AN OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE THEIR VIEWS KNOWN. THE SUGGESTIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED WITHOUT COMMENT FROM OFFICIALS. I WANT TO MAKE IT VERY CLEAR, NO DECISIONS WILL BE MADE TONIGHT

CONCERNING THE RECOVERY FUNDS. BEFORE ANY DISPOSITION OF FUNDS ARE MADE BY THE COUNCIL, THERE WILL BE SEVERAL DAYS ADVANCE NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC AND PLENTY OF TIME FOR THE PUBLIC TO WEIGH IN ON A COURSE OF ACTION. THE BOTTOM LINE FOR THE COUNCIL IS TO DO WHAT IS IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE TAXPAYERS AND COMMUNITY AT LARGE. THAT IS OUR GUIDING PRINCIPAL. AS MOST OF YOU KNOW, THE CITY COUNCIL HAS BEEN UNDER DISCLOSURE RESTRAINTS. FIRST OF ALL IT WAS BECAUSE OF THE PROSECUTION STAGE, WHICH HAS BEEN COMPLETED. SECONDLY, IT WAS BECAUSE OF THE CIVIL LITIGATION STAGE AGAINST THE ACCOUNTING FIRMS AND THE BANK. EVERY ACTION AND COMMENTS BY THE COUNCIL WERE BEING RECORDED. AS YOU KNOW, A SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT WAS REACHED AND WILL BE OFFICIALLY ACTED ON BY THE COUNCIL AT A SPECIAL MEETING NEXT TUESDAY NIGHT. CONSEQUENTLY, UNTIL EVERYTHING IS SIGNED SEALED AND DELIVERED INVOLVING ALL PARTIES WE ARE NOT COMFORTABLE ANSWERING SPECIFIC QUESTIONS CONCERNING ACTIVITIES LEADING UP TO AND DURING THIS WHOLE SITUATION. AFTER DOCUMENTS ARE SIGNED WE WILL DISCUSS FURTHER. THIS HAS BEEN A TRAUMATIC EXPERIENCE FOR YOU, THE TAXPAYERS, THE COMMUNITY AT LARGE, CITY EMPLOYEES AND ELECTED OFFICIALS. A VERY SUCCESSFUL BUSINESSMAN W. CLEMENT FOUNDED A SMALL INSURANCE COMPANY, WHICH EVOLVED INTO ONE OF THE LARGEST INSURANCE COMPANY’S IN THE WORLD. HE EPITOMIZED THE ULTIMATE IN AN UPBEAT OPTIMISTIC POSITIVE THINKING ATTITUDE. HE BELIEVED THAT EVERY PROBLEM WAS AN OPPORTUNITY AND PROVED IT. FOR EXAMPLE WHEN ONE OF HIS MANAGERS WOULD COME TO HIM WITH A MAJOR CRISIS AND SAY WE HAVE A PROBLEM HE WOULD SAY THAT’S GOOD.

LETS DIG INTO IT AND SEE WHATS GOOD ABOUT IT. HE TRULY BELIEVED THAT EVERY PLOBLEM CONTAINED THE SEED OF AN EQUIVALENT BENEFIT. OUR CITY GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN PUT UNDER A MICROSCOPE, AS IT SHOULD BE. WE HAVE HAD AND CONTINUE TO HAVE A FULL AUTOPSY AND WITH YOUR HELP, SUPPORT AND ENCOURAGEMENT DIXON WILL COME OUT OF THIS CRISIS A BETTER, SOUNDER AND A MORE ATTRACTIVE CITY TO LIVE IN THAN EVER. THANK YOU. MAYOR JIM BURKE

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