Sunday, February 02, 2014

Council Expenses - National League of Cities - November 2013

The National League of Cities holds two conferences a year.  One in November at rotating cities and one in March, in Washington DC.  Any long term reader of this blog knows that I feel valuable information can be gleaned from these meetings.  My only objection has been the number of people that have attended.  It has always been my opinion that, especially with a tough budget, we only need to send four people, two council members, the mayor and the city manager.  They can then come back and inform the rest of the council as to what information they gathered.

Last March, Shawnee only had one person go to the Washington DC conference, and that was Mickey Sandifer.  Ironically, he came back early because apparently his vote was needed at a council meeting.  Heck, by coming back early he missed the most important day, the day that local officials get to meet with our congressional delegation.  Oh well................

This past November the meeting was in Seattle, Washington.  We had six people attend.  Needless to say, the biggest spender was Mickey (Traveling Man) Sandifer.

Mickey Sandifer            $2,670.00
Jim Neighbor                   2,009.30
Jeff Vaught                      1,887.41
Neal Sawyer                    1,725.05
Carol Gonzales                1,717.98
Mike Kemmling                 932.60

Total                            $10,942.30

The city council has cancelled the council meeting for Monday, March 10, 2014.  Probably because that is when the NLC meeting is in Washington, DC.  Let's see how many folks are going on that one.

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