Leaders Wanted In East Ridge

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Dysfunction isn’t a commodity, East Ridge. 

I usually do not clarify my letters for the purposes of intention; however, I really do feel the need to do so within this particular opinion. My intention is not to embarrass or agitate any parties involved. In reality, my intention is to merely provide an opinion that, if taken to heart, may alleviate some of the problems I see within the council. Moreover, considering I am in regular contact with numerous citizens, these are the perceived 'truths' of the city.

I’ll cut to the chase, so to speak: If you’re working within the government as an elected official, you have a professional obligation to put the city and its needs first and foremost. I can plainly see, or at least—it’s an easy assumption to consider, that the members of council may somewhat despise each other. However, you all (the council) have a professional obligation to get past the ‘drama,’ if you will, and work together. It may, as of now, make you absolutely disgusted to look upon one another; but, you must look past character flaws and work together when considering the numerous issues facing the city. 

You all honestly do not need me to tell you that East Ridge is seemingly becoming known for negative and bad decisions, to which, this latest conflict is most certainly a comprisal of bad decisions.  Moreover, it is fairly clear that the local media outlets will, at their earliest convenience, publicize any of the bad decisions made within the city and thus increase its magnification (which is valuable for an informed public).  Therefore, it should be painfully obvious by now, that you all are under a ‘microscope,’ and you have to be extremely conscious of city business. 

So, it is my sincere wish, for the good of the city that you all (the council) take a business lunch, or do whatever you have to do, to let the past stay in the past and move forward. You can despise each other in your own time, but please, for the sake of the city, sincerely, move past this bickering. 

Dysfunction isn’t going to generate revenue; moreover, there are bigger issues to consider. Lest we forget there is the financing of a bond anticipation note that cannot be refinanced considering it was a short term loan? In other words, an amount of two million dollars will eventually have to be paid back in full; moreover, there is the matter of interest in the short term. Also, there is the consideration of a city manager that needs attention.

Please, move forward.  I’m fairly confident that all members of council ran on the premise that they were, in fact, a leader. Well, it’s time to act like it. Do whatever it takes to make a functional, professional relationship. 

Robert Frye


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