John Palmer, a professor emeritus at St. Cloud State, is getting city officials’ attention by participating in discussions that might lead to recalling members of the City Council.
According to the article, a “group of about 15 St. Cloud residents is planning to study the possible recall of elected officials after the ‘continued denial on the part of the City Council and (a)dministration of problems created by the actions of Lutheran Social (Service) of Minnesota’s resettlement of refugees into the city,’ according to St. Cloud resident John Palmer.”
Thanks to the City Council’s arrogance, the citizens are getting fed up. When Councilman Johnson announced that he’d be bringing a resolution up for debate, he made sure each member of the council had a copy of the resolution well in advance. When Jeff Goerger presented his resolution for debate, it was sprung on Councilman Johnson during that meeting.
Each time Councilman Johnson responded to his constituents’ calls for additional information on the costs associated with refugees, Mayor Kleis, the City Council and the County did their best to stonewall him. What these citizens didn’t notice (either that or they just tried ignoring them) is that there’s a substantial following that are worried about the financial impact refugees are having on their city and their schools. If these city councilmembers don’t start listening, they’ll get fired the next time that they’re up for re-election.
Palmer has attended the last few council meetings and study sessions, and has offered to speak about Robert’s Rules of Order, on which the council’s rules of order is based. “The common element is to get answers about the cost to society relative to resettlement of refugees,” Palmer said, adding that it frustrates the group’s members that “none of the elected officials in the area appear to have an interest” in studying the costs.
While Mayor Kleis says that there isn’t a cost associated with refugees, other argue the opposite. Don Casey stated “No one even knows for sure how many Somali refugees live in St. Cloud (or this metro area). All we know is Lutheran Social Services has settled a little more than 1500 — a fraction of the actual count because the majority are secondary refugees who resettled here from other communities in the U.S. (Johnson’s resolution didn’t deal with secondary settlers.)”
Casey’s argument is that it’s impossible to know the costs so we shouldn’t try getting to know how much it costs. What he’s essentially saying is that we shouldn’t care how much something costs if the government tries to hide the costs from taxpayers. That’s stupid.