Wednesday, August 17, 2016

WDT: Council Praised

     Approval of a long standing waterfront revitalization plan got City Hall an attaboy from across the street this morning on the eve of a bruising fight looming on the rental inspection law proposed by Councilman Stephen Jennings.
     This year the Council has moved a couple of things forward including landing state participation in the long proposed Western Boulevard.
     Council also has resolved to build a new pool in Thompson Park, and gone public to explain why the Fire Department is so expensive.
      There is always progress in every year and always things that languish. Experience tells me an aggressive and assertive Council is necessary to impose their will on a bureacracy that often stalls projects. I think you will see that with the pool.
       The Times editorial underscores why elected officials need the statutory and organizational authority to make change.
        Needless to say the notion that some great log jam has finally been broken may be premature. Major matters like downtown redevelopment. New housing projects where old ones like Cloverdale stood,  and the managing of the demise of Mercy are good team efforts that did move.
       While still controversial, the Arena is done and smooth transitions of city manager came off despite obstructionism from some quarters.
        Council needs to take the initiative on matters large and small and symbolically the orange tape around a fountain damaged eight months ago is a problem.
         Lawmakers trying to make the community better certainly need encouragment and not ridicule, and we will see in the coming weeks whether change really has happened.
http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/opinion/a-new-attitude-watertown-city-council-finally-tackling-lingering-projects-20160817

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

You have to keep in mind that if Perrykos likes it, then it sucks for people who like freedom and who like taxes less than at confiscatory rates. In this case, the city basically insured that no commercial development will ever take on any part of Black River in the city.

Of course the larger intent of this article was to give the finger to Watertown's former five term mayor. the mayor who handled big problems like replacing the city manager and hiring an interim manager. The Mayor who was key to getting the Mercy project done, which just received final approval. The mayor who generously sacrificed his political clout and threw himself on his sword so that we could have an Arena.

{Perry in Dumbo voice} "I don't understand it...why does our circulation keep going down?"

Anonymous said...

"Retreated from tackling difficult tasks" that sums you up well. You possessed an avoidance tendency and quick step out for credit when something happened

Anonymous said...

I don't see how the city manager and the city engineer get a pass with mess on factory street. That project has become a complete boondoggle. Someone needs to held accountable and offer up some explanation toot smart!

Anonymous said...


You shouldn't be taking credit for the new City Manager SHE IS TERRIBLE!!!!! Things have been going steadily downhill every since Mary left. The arena was a complete disaster along with Factory Street. Landlord registration is unconstitutional and is just another example of how out of touch some of our elected officials are. We still have a lot of work to do.

Anonymous said...

What are they drinking over there at the WDT? I'd like some...

Anonymous said...

I sure wouldnt be taking credit for this manager, Jeff. She is the worst we have seen in many many years

Anonymous said...

I don't know if you can credit the former mayor for the Mercy project, 7:34. I think he just happened to be there when it occurred. Like the old joke about the rooster taking credit for the sunrise.