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.