We are at the very threshold of Spring, the season of promise, new beginnings and fresh air. Open windows after being shut in for the winter. So what will we expect from our community officials; will it be subterfuge and covert dealing over projects that the majority doesn’t want and cannot afford, or will there be a determined commitment to push for new ventures that are healthy and sustainable?
City Hall needs to be reminded that they all serve at the pleasure of the voters, that their positions are not cradle to grave jobs. Job number one is accountability to the public and not special interest fragments that hallucinate over commissions and contracts that are traded for votes and favors with a wink and a nod.
Recently we read of new ventures being acquired in nearby towns, formidable ventures with substance, and I applaud these towns of smaller size and wonder why these opportunities did not stop here first. I realize that when you drive through most neighborhoods you are likely to see rotting automobiles and debris littered over yards along with homes that if inspected could not meet city code for habitat. Short of putting a hood over the head of perspective manufactures until we got them to the proposed site, there is no other option. With Spring at our doorstep I see no commitment by this city to push at least symbiotically to set standards for property appearance and maintence. A clean city is a healthy city and one where people want to live. Unless you with community pride make your wishes known…this isn’t going to change.
Dreams of sugar plums should be put away until the economy gets stronger and a few, not one but more than one new industry settles in this city, when you can count over a hundred new good paying jobs that will sustain a family, then and only then should your thoughts turn to twin rinks where tiny pucks are battered about. Apparently the Fairgrounds isn’t quite good enough for some folks. Think of all the towns that no facility on which to play…they’d love the Fairgrounds.
Speaking of which, why doesn’t this city pause and consider that abomination as a part of this city instead of treating it like a poor relative, lets get behind it and help transform it into a showplace where all of North Iowa will want to come. When that happens everyone benefits. Ignoring it exists is like the arm trying to pretend the hand isn’t there. We know the Country Board of Supervisors is totally inept…but hopefully those seats will change soon. After years of neglect and poor management it should be more than apparent this oversized fair board hasn’t got one person serving on it that could make a box of popcorn.