By Chas Edwardson
February 26, 2009
We seem to have little trouble finding the money for 'cost of living adjustments' for city employees, and an ever increasing over inflated salary for our city manager and the surrounding cast of characters that are supposed to be monitoring the inevitable problems a city faces. It should not come as a shock, or be an emergency measure every time there is a maintenance need in Ketchikan. What have we been paying our city manager to do other than manage the city? Is not our infrastructure on top of his list? What measures has the City of Ketchikan taken to maintain our streets that are not state monitored highways? Why does it seem like the city management team is always caught with their pants down, and always in a constant state of confusion when it comes to basic government functions, such as the streets we use to conduct daily business?
Where does the City Council
fit in? The incumbents of the last race and the new incumbent
challengers better start asking these same questions. If you
sit around and wait for staff to do your work for you Council
members, then all you will receive at your table will be in crisis
management mode. These poorly thought out predictable problems
presented to you at your council table will not be able to be
taken care of in any other way than with a knee jerk reaction
by council members. You react this way to appear to have a handle
on things.We are not that gullible. You do not have a handle
on basic services. we all know it, and hopefully will remember
this the next election (by the way how's the library doing).
It's time for the Council to address real issues and stop dreaming
about big grandiose projects. Council members need to get a grasp
on providing essential services without having to add a new half
penny tax every time they hit a snag.
I urge the residents of this
city who plan to "live here" when they retire to question
who's going to pay the taxes we are creating, When people start
leaving because of the ridiculous cost of living in Ketchikan,
the ones that are left will have to pick up the bill .How, more
Received February 25, 2009 - Published February 26, 2009
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