I think the reason they have these pre-meetings are to test the waters. this is common sense as for total transparency, get real!!!!! The people of this city couldn't agree on a basic coffee run/order.
As for too many cooks spoil the broth in this city some of the vocal input is from kooks not cooks.
We blame our elected officials (yes, we the people who didn't show up to vote. got the same old same old) and yet when they do vote on something, the people who disagree. whine long and hard because they didn't get their decision.
That my friends historically speaking is why the Red Hill Valley Expressway took 50 years, yes half a centrury, a lifetime for some to appear. We had the tree huggers, the political legal back door shenanigans where one level of government wants to sue the other and the only people who make money from taxpayers pockets are the liars sorry lawyers.
So if you want the people trying to do SOMETHING for this city to waste hours and dollars to satisfy every "nosy Rosey" Hire another public paid scutineer.
We all know there are many money pits (IWS, Ti-cats, HECFI) that siphon off millions annually, well ditch them. If someone can turn a profit let them. The Bulldogs get crap attendence because they won't listen and continue to charge $26 a ticket to crowds of 2-3 thou. So much for thinking of the families. $70 bucks to see Buddy Guy. plus parking. this is hamilton and we are in a global recession.
Let the people who are trying anything, do something and stop picking the fly crap out of the pepper, it is time consuming and counter productive. concentrate of getting some of these new hotels and bldgs downtowns so we have the hotel capacity to rival cities like London for conventions. The Sheraton ain't cutting it.
Just too many people want to put in their 2 cents and that is the total amount they wish to invest and talk is cheap. No offence just a general observation.