The new council got off to quite a contentious start tonight. The meeting started with an organizational session where Tom Didier was named the new council President. Then Didier tried to begin the process of naming the council's appointments to various boards and commissions. Traditionally which ever party holds a majority caucuses privately and decides who the appointments should go to. Councilman Tim Pape took exception with this and suggested that, in the spirit of the new council, the process become more open and bipartisan. During this there were several exchanges with clerk Sandy Kennedy and she became visibly upset with Pape.
Didier didn't agree with Pape and they too had a testy exchange which Didier ended by saying "We can get along or we don't have to. It's up to you Tim." You can watch the video here
I thought Pape had a valid point in that the appointments should be more bipartisan and transparent. Allowing either party to caucus behind closed doors to decide council business is the epitome of closed government. I also thought this was the most partisan council meeting I have ever seen here in Fort Wayne and I think it's going to be a long 4 years if this continues.
And just for the record, I don't believe councilman Bender said a single word all night...