Monday, March 14, 2011
Eric Poulin - Our Best City Councilor
I recently ran a poll on Fall River Blog asking who you thought was Fall River's best city councilor. Councilor Eric Poulin came out on top with 50% of the vote. The next best finish was Councilor Ray Mitchell with 14% of the vote.
That Eric came out on top and by a wide margin was no real surprise. It seems most everybody I talk to has pointed to Eric as not just the best addition to the city council but as the best city councilor period.
The consensus is that Eric does homework and does his best to stay independent. People respect his honesty, sincerity, and tenacity.
It seems Eric's recent proposal is a good example. Poulin submitted a resolution that would move public input time to before the start of the Finance Committee meeting and remove the 30 minute limit that is currently in place. Poulin's proposal would allow the public to speak without having to endure a sometime multi-hour wait and also allow them to speak on topics the Finance Committee may be voting on prior to those votes. He also proposed removing a time limit that is seldom enforced and would be unrealistic if it was. Nothing earth shattering, just two simple changes that would seem to improve the way things work. Yet, it failed with 6 councilors voting in opposition!
Let's see... a proposal that would improve the public's ability to participate in Government and a majority of councilors who don't think that's worth doing. Is it any shock that Eric Poulin is thought of as our best city councilor?