AUBURN — A weekly memo designed to tell residents what's going on at Auburn Hall will be suspended, City Manager Glenn Aho said.
Aho has written the weekly updates since he came to the city in 2008. He writes them over the weekend, emailing them to councilors on Sunday and to local newspapers.
"There are a few councilors that really don't like the weekly review," Aho said. "If it's going to cause them consternation, these are the people I work for. Why do that?"
Councilors on Monday said they wanted to schedule a workshop to discuss the memos. Aho said Wednesday he might continue them after talking with councilors.
"My understanding has been that they want me to write more about what I've done for the week, the meetings I've attended," Aho said. "But I want more direction from them."
City Councilor Dan Herrick said he's often been surprised by items in the weekly review.
"We, as a council, ought to know and discuss what goes in the review before it gets printed," Herrick said. "I don't mind if he writes it and I think it's great to get it out in the public, for people who missed the meeting, if that's the kind of discussion he writes."
Herrick said the reviews have been used to steer council decisions.
"He throws us councilors under the bus in that weekly review," Herrick said. "I've been dragged through the mud because of things he's written."
Aho said that was never his intention.
"People just want to know what's going on in their city government," he said. "If we are not communicating that, we are changing, I think residents have a right to be upset with us. We need to outline what we are doing to demonstrate that we have heard the public."
Aho said he didn't know what would replace the weekly reviews.
"If they want to do something during the meetings, I suppose we can do that," he said.