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Thank you Mr. Honig and the entire Council for probing and recognizing the lack of professional management by the city at several levels from the City Manager on down.
Again, I finally feel proud of our elected members of council. It is refreshing to hear council challenge the city instead of telling the citizens we are misinformed.
I for one am confused why an affluent community requires Taj Mahal type infrastructure and buildings, coupled with (in my view) excessive services from the government. It took council leadership to pare the cost of the Community Center rather than the city managing and evaluating cost effective solutions.I will give up if and when I hear that the city requires a community pool.
So again, the council must now act as city manager and public works director to pare the cost of the Smokehouse Bay bridge and deal with estimates that did not include major associated costs.
The presentation by Mr. Pinter was the most pathetic argument prepared by the city, especially the rationale of an increase in cost that simple confounds me. The increase due primarily to the cost of steel??????
As a first step, the council must review all expenditures for NEED!!!!!!! Not the dribble of spending because of more emergency calls, more traffic, more recreational amenities, more more...without a single review of all government assets (including county and state). Probe to find out what has changed to alter the needs of the city. Or is this just another marketing ploy to expand without due diligence.
This city in its brief history has failed to demonstrate prudent management of resources, to now wasting money in replacing existing infrastructure with glitz that is promoted via charrettes. Charrettes are effective in promoting wants rather than to evaluate the needs of a community. This was so apparent with the Midtown District Development/CRA and Smokehouse Bay. We are now seeing the results of such an approach when matched with sub-par city management.
When considering compensation for future city manager, please review the existing salary structure for existing directors and managers...for the salaries DO NOT match the level of competency in some instances.
All the while a single damaged flagpole lies in Plummer Park awaiting to be raised under the direction of Mr. Pinter and Mr. Milk since last removed from the bridge entrance last December (I believe). Quite a management team. Neighbors are grateful that it no longer lies in the right of way. On a positive note: I guess we should be thankful that progress has been made.
God help us all!
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