Welcome to the last week of March, but a quick look at the City of Charlotte's new and improved website and you'll find yourself suspended in time.
In the case of Charlotte's City Council Meeting minutes we are stuck on December 5, 2011.
According to the city's website: "The City Council minutes are available for online viewing for the years 1963 through the present. City Council minutes are semi-verbatim and are available on the web and for general distribution approximately two to three weeks after a Council meeting date."
So why are we 16 weeks and eleven meetings behind? CP asked Charlotte City Councilman Andy Dulin several weeks ago and he didn't have any idea why they are not posted in timely manner.
Emails to City Clerk Stephanie Kelly go unanswered.
Charlotte City Clerk Stephanie Kelly
The Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners run a tighter ship, with minutes currently posted through March 6, 2012.
So what gives at the City Clerks Office? Under staffed, work over load or budget cuts? Hardly, Charlotte's City Clerks office is one of the most bloated departments within the city. A rabbit warren of cronyism and padded expense accounts. The council minutes are just the tip of the iceberg.