A special council meeting was held in East St. Louis on Thursday, Oct. 22 at 4:30 p.m. There were several ordinances passed by council. The most notable were acceptance of memorandum of understanding and an ordinance by the mayor and city council to convey 17 parcels to Banevi LLC for Development. No information or details were given to citizens for their understanding.
Transparency and accountability was the mayor’s platform. However, based on the vagueness of ordinances passed at special council meetings, transparency and accountability does not appear to be the intent of the city manager. It was obvious that the mayor has no power and cannot be held accountable because Life More Abundantly continues with the city manager in full control.
Nonetheless, a surprising turn of events happened when the councilman of the Life More Abundantly team voted “no” to one of the ordinances. After the councilwoman raised a question and the city manager let it be known that he was in full support, the councilman changed his no vote to yes.
Citizens in attendance left the meeting with a better understanding of why the Life More Abundantly council members conspired to get the three votes appointing the ex-mayor as their city manager. It seems as though the city manager presence and guidance to his team at council meetings are necessary for their understanding of legislation brought before them for passage.
Dorothy Joshway, East St. Louis