Letter: From citizens of Grand Lake to town management, “Can you hear me now?!”
From citizens of Grand Lake to town management, “Can you hear me now?!”
Town leadership begins with the board of trustees and filters down to the town manager who implements the decisions of the Board. Keeping in mind the effect any decision will have upon the town and its citizens.
However, in Grand Lake, it is my opinion, the board of trustees have passed its leadership to the town manager. As one trustee recently said, “If the town manager wants to do this, then we need to support him!”
In a small town, everyone knows everything — eventually! Whether they know the facts or simply hearsay and rumors, the stories quickly become known throughout the community.
Every community is entitled to expect their town’s leadership to always be above-board and follow the codes by which they are bound. There is nothing wrong with not knowing the answers to questions, but, providing answers that are incorrect is just plain wrong. Leadership should always operate on the side of caution and not tiptoe along the fine edge of legalities.
In the not too distant past, public hearings in Grand Lake were commonplace and citizens had the opportunity to voice their views. Citizens were given opportunities to get involved because past managers, mayors and trustees made sure citizens were given the chance to voice their concerns.
It is my opinion, the current town manager, with the approval of the board of trustees has decidedly pushed the citizens aside from providing input in town decisions. This should not continue to occur, but will, unless citizens start acting and let the board of trustees know how they feel.
Recent articles mentioned that some hostilities have occurred in Grand Lake town meetings. These conflicts occurred with citizens as well as several trustees, the town manager and town attorney being involved. Trustees were even interrupting other Trustees in an attempt to keep them from voicing their opinions.
The transparency of town meetings should be paramount in maintaining trust. Town meeting agendas need to include all topics to be discussed in both the workshops and evening agendas. By recording both meetings there can be no mistake as to what is said.
Trustees, as well as the town staff, need to understand there are codes which they are to follow. Never again should an “inadvertently missed deadline to schedule a public hearing” be an excuse to deny the public from providing input.
Town management needs to change its course and reach out to the citizens of Grand Lake. They should immediately schedule a town meeting to let the citizens know they want their input. We can only wait to see what course they choose.
On April 3, 2018, a board of trustee election will be held, let your voices be heard on that date.
Lance Sabo, Grand Lake
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