Brooklyn Center Mayor Makes Demand for City Hall Office
Should the mayor of Brooklyn Center get his own office space at city hall? That question produced a lengthy city council discussion at Monday’s city council meeting.
Mayor Mike Elliott is adamant that he needs an office at city hall to do his job. Brooklyn Center City Manager Curt Boganey arranged for a temporary office at no taxpayer expense. Boganey noted that many city conference rooms were used most days of the year. That left the Palmer Lake Conference Room as the best option. But the mayor told the city manager it was insufficient, partially because it didn’t have a window.
“This is not about aggrandizement, wanting to feel powerful, anything,” said Elliott at Monday’s meeting. “If I wasn’t operating in this role 34 hours a week some weeks, many weeks. If I didn’t feel I had a genuine need, I would not bring this forward.”
A couple council members could not attend Monday’s meeting. That left one council member feeling the discussion could take place at a more appropriate time.
“I really feel like if this was discussed, it doesn’t have a good appearance if we decide this with two of our members missing,” said Brooklyn Center City Council member Dan Ryan.
Council members at Monday’s meeting ended up agreeing that space would be made available at city hall for all council members.