The relationship between the mayor,the city council and the many commissions that make up Anoka city government is good. The commissions make recommendations to the mayor/council, who then vote to follow, ignore or modify those recommendations.
The relationship between the mayor, the council and Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) is different, however, and that's where the "fun" starts.
By law, the mayor appoints new HRA members, but the council votes yes or no on the appointments. Once in place, the HRA then makes decisions (not recommendations) and those decisions don't require council approval.
This independence makes King Bjorn and the Knights of the Council Table nervous. While they all have the best interests of the citizens of Anoka at heart (just ask them), the king and the knights apparently have very different ideas of what the HRA should do.
Compromise would appear to be the answer, but that is a skill mastered by some but not all of our elected crusaders. Meanwhile, the king and his aides wax eloquent on the meaning of shall and other "Important" issues. Well done, your majesty!?
Even a knave as simple as I can see that this is just politics pure and simple. The HRA is composed of seven members. The two vacant seats will give the majority to the side they support.
Let us not forget that in 2003 the king and his council increased the size of the HRA from five members to seven - might one reason that those two members were added to give the king an HRA more to his liking? Methinks there was no compromise then either.
While the king has only been able to find two people in all the kingdom of Anoka who he thinks are qualified to join the HRA, the knights have a longer list of potential candidates.
Let us hope that KIng Bjorn and Sir Philip of Rice can reach in private (with the council's blessing) the solution that has so far eluded our royalty in front of the cameras.
P.S. Is there a way for Anoka High School students to earn credits for watching city council meetings? This is good stuff!
Printed in Anoka Union as a letter to the editor March 23, 2007
Comment: "I think it's kind of cute when the king pushes away from the table, stalks out or gets all pouty, it reminds me of my nephew. . . when he was three." Lois P.
Comment: At this same meeting Weaver asked the King to give a review of something rather technical... Skogquist fumbled with it before finally giving it to Planner Carolyn Braun. The question should have been directed to staff to begin with.
There was a popular book in the 80's entitled "How to Choose and Use Your Doctor". The premise was that not only do physicians need to step down from the pedestal, but we need to get off our knees.
So it may be with this King and his knights of the council table. D. S.