Pennsylvania’s capital city officially entered Act 47 in December, thereby officially making Harrisburg a “financially distressed” municipality and eligible for state help to emerge from their enormous debt, caused by the retrofit of the Harrisburg incinerator.
Four Harrisburg City Council members publically declined a “private” meeting with the new “Act 47 financial guru’s” today. Council members objected to private meetings with the Act 47 taxpayer-paid team. The meeting was characterized as a “get to know each other” routine introduction by officials from the Department of Community and Economic Development. To get around the open meeting requirements, “Sunshine Law”, the meetings were to take place with three or fewer members of Council at a time.
These four courageous councilors feel the process is too important to not involve residents of Harrisburg. The public should have the opportunity to hear the information as it is delivered to Council.
We give two Roy’s Rants thumbs up to Harrisburg City Council’s observance of the Sunshine Law and transparency in city government. Harrisburg has a long road ahead to get out from under the incinerator debt. The public deserves the courtesy of open meetings when this important issue is discussed.