Letter: Trail, Injustice and disservice in Granby
June 18, 2016
Injustice and disservice in Granby
I do not live in Granby proper but have lived here all of my adult life. My husband and I know most of the residents of Granby through our two businesses, having four kids go through the East Grand School system and many other interactions. Along with me, many are shaking their heads, wondering how they could have elected seven town trustees who are capable of doing such a great injustice to our current Town Manager, Wally Baird, and such a disservice to the citizens of the town.
On June 14, the Granby Town Board of Trustees voted not to renew the ninth year of Mr. Baird’s contract with no warning, no discussion, no explanation and no recourse. It was done under the convenient cloaks of secrecy provided by “executive session” and “we can’t talk about personnel issues.” Legal but unethical. Everyone deserves an explanation for a move that affects their life so drastically. Even credit reporting services allow an individual to correct any erroneous information about them. Basic management principles dictate treating all employees with respect, not callous disregard.
We have known Wally since he and his wife moved to Granby and know him to be a man of integrity who has worked extremely hard to resolve many issues of contention that have plagued Granby’s relationships with other entities for years. He has brought to fruition several huge projects that have languished or been ignored for years. Think Moraine Park water system replacement, Debarard Draw Sewer Project, pathway to connect to trails, lift station issue resolution, and increased staff communication and morale. He was instrumental in the jump start given to the successful economic development effort. Most of these projects have been accomplished because of many grants submitted and collaborations initiated by Wally. He has vastly increased the credibility of Granby with other towns as well as local, regional and state entities. We often see Wally volunteering his own time and resources to provide service to other people and organizations.
Some will say “it’s the nature of the beast of municipal management,” but do the citizens of Granby want that beast as its leadership? How many more of these decisions will be made that eliminate good people on a whim and circumvent the wonderful progress Granby has experienced in the last eight years Mr. Baird has been town manager?