Name of Observer: Jane Ficalora
Observed Meeting: Langley City Council
Date of Meeting: 8/21/2023
Members present: Harolynne Bobis, Rhonda Salerno, Thomas Gill, Craig Cyr, Gail Fleming
Members absent: none
Others present (staff, media, public): Mayor: Scott Chaplin, Interim Archives and Records Manager: Kristen Abraham, City Administrator: Mark Rentfrow, Chief of Police: Tavier Wasser, Executive Director Langley Chamber of Commerce Inge Morascini and members of the public.
There were also members of public on zoom - they are not shown unless they make a comment.
Summarize the main issues discussed at the meeting:
• City Administrator Mark Rentfrow highlighted some activities he has engaged in during his first weeks as administrator. He has been meeting members of community, attending webinars on accessing grants, and enrolled in an Island County Economic Development Council seven-month leadership program.
• Chief Wasser announced modernization award the police department received, touted good relationship department had all summer long with community and spoke on Langley's engagement with county on Emergency Management Multijurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan. Wasser also spoke on recently hosting a West African delegation that included 40 children and 4 mentors making a video on domestic abuse and assault. He gave the children a short tour of City Hall and spoke briefly on the city history and government.
• Records manager Abraham, Mayor Chaplin and Council member Cyr all spoke about grants Langley received for work in archiving, solar power, and local projects.
• Council observed a moment of silence at the beginning of meeting in honor of passing of the whale Tokitae. Later in the meeting council members mentioned their sadness over the passing of Tokitae. Council member Cyr mentioned there had been a remembrance ceremony in Langley for Tokitae. He continued on t0 say how Langley seems to be the city that community goes to for connection time and again to manage loss.
List any issues on the agenda relevant to any LWV state or local positions or programs:
(League positions can be found here.
Economic & Social Justice
Shorelines, Wetlands and Land Use
Do you recommend local League action or study on any of these issues? No
If ‘yes’ what action do you recommend?
Was the meeting conducted in an open, business-like, and civil manner? Yes – All in
attendance were polite and the motions were discussed and voted on in an orderly
Consider the following questions and respond if relevant:
Was the agenda made available prior to and at the meeting? Yes
Did members adhere to the provided agenda? Members adhered to agenda? Yes
Were any non-agenda items discussed? No
Was there adequate discussion of issues? Yes
Were any “Executive Sessions” called? No
Was there adequate opportunity for public input? Yes
Was background material available to the public? Yes
Did any member recuse themselves during the meeting? No
If yes, for what reason?
List any other concerns or observations:
Observer E-mail: email@example.com Date submitted: 8/23/2023