Goldstein board spot likely safe at Welcome Center
by Bridgette Bonner
March 06, 2013 12:22 AM | 2239 views | 1 1 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Philip Goldstein
Philip Goldstein
City Council member Philip Goldstein may soon return to the board to welcome visitors to Marietta, pending the council’s vote tonight.

After a lengthy discussion Monday, the council came to a compromise on the appointment, resulting in Goldstein’s serving as the council member for the Marietta Welcome Center Board.

The council appointed Goldstein to the board during its January meeting. But then in February, they rescinded the appointment and named Councilman Andy Morris to the post. The latter action was taken through Mayor Steve Tumlin’s veto of the January meeting minutes.

During the agenda work session Monday, council members noted that while the mayor has veto power, the February veto was not done at the appropriate time as determined by the city’s code.

Councilman Jim King suggested the council have two appointees as a compromise, but the suggestion would require the Welcome Center Board, an entity separate from the council, to change its bylaws.

Goldstein has served on the Welcome Center Board since the 1990s, he said, under multiple two-year terms. In January, the council appointed him for another two-year term, but some members decided there would be a conflict of interest in the selection of a new Welcome Center director because Goldstein owns property downtown.

“There’s no conflict of interest with owning property downtown,” Goldstein said. “There are a number of folks involved who promote tourism themselves, from the conference center, museum of art and general community.”

If money is allocated to a business that is also one of Goldstein’s tenants, he abstains from the vote, he said.

The council felt there should be someone from the personnel committee to serve on the Welcome Center Board, Morris said. He and Goldstein both serve on the personnel committee.

“It’s important to have someone on the council to pick a replacement for the new director, who runs the day-to-day operations,” Morris said.

The board focuses on drawing tourism to Marietta and promoting businesses.
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March 06, 2013
Haven't we learned our lesson yet?

Where ever Gold$tein goes, trouble is sure to follow. Truly, when one thinks of him, the word "welcome" somehow never comes to mind.
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