Coverage of city government today was a reminder to elected officials not to get too giddy....The reference to old problems and a Times story about DPW refusing to pick up a couch dropped in front of the home of a Mill Street resident are reminders of the limitations of power when a large lumbering bureaucracy is beneath you.
It's also a reminder of the gotcha incidents that crop up and bite you when you had no role in their genesis or resolution.
A stated desire to reopen the Thompson Park pool and the rejection of a dog park in Thompson Park are little issues that will fester.
On the pool, no one disputed the decision to close it or disputed the condition of it , so rebuilding it will be expensive. Given the blowback over the Arena, it's hard to see another large dollar recreation project gaining traction.
Council members are enthused about making Watertown a better place and after a legislatively lethargic 2015, that's a laudable goal.
It's just that when SG gets the headline at the first meeting, you realize the agenda is not so easily controlled and the narrative is sometimes written by others.
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