LETTER: What Excitement?
I see in a recent posting by The Clinton Chronicle that a city council member said that he wants more excitement and less negativity from the city’s people. My question back to him is why should we be more excited?
The city council members should hold meetings in their wards with their constituents. The mayor and city manager should not be invited.
The new city manager has made many changes but I do not see where any city Council members have had any public debate of what the city manager has changed with the apparent full support of the mayor.
The city manager has been less than civil with anyone who questions him. I wonder why The Chronicle changed the reporters for the city council meetings. Why does the city need an assistant city manager for $68,500/year? What is his job description?
The unquestioned splitting of the fire and police departments has increased costs but has it improved response time or improved the fire insurance ratings which would decrease the cost to the citizens?
The PMPA issues may not name the mayor in the lawsuit but he is the primary representative of the City on the PMPA board.
The mayor is pushing for a tax increase to fund his recreation complex and to replace the existing downtown fire / police station. He is also pushing to have the 1% sales tax approved in November. I have seen no public discussion of the need to replace the fire / police station; it appears that the city council is just following whatever the mayor and city manager say. The
recreation complex was to be paid “mostly” by the special tax already levied on the City for food and accommodations.
The new garbage truck may be saving the city money but where do citizens see any cost reduction. All they see is the new garbage truck damaging their garbage carts, being told that they have to replace them (until the mayor made his recent comments}, and now having to put all carts on one side of the road to further increase the efficiency of the new truck.
The new billing system should have the bill revised to show the actual cost
of the product / service provided (this should exclude the base charges), the
fees paid by the consumer (to include the base charges) as payments in lieu
of taxes, and the total cost. This should better help the consumer to see his actual costs.