Recently we have seen our city council meet in private while at an out of town convention that was paid for by the city. We have heard reports from many citizens that private meetings on boats in the marina or at local homes in our area are a common occurrence with many on this council. Why should this be troubling to the residents of Oak Harbor? While these meetings may not be a direct violation of the Open Public Meetings Act (or not a provable violation because they are private meetings) it does show that this council considers themselves members of a cozy elite group that has no problem wining and dining among themselves, their own little country club so to speak.
We elect members to the city council not because they belong to some elite group of people, we vote them into office to represent the citizens of this community and we elect them as individuals. I am not sure how representative of the people this council can be if they are a member of some cozy elite group that often meets together in private, they should be meeting with the residents of this community and taking input from them not each other.