I am writing to express some concerns about the continued direction of our small town, and the leaders that are moving it in that direction. I am hearing that some of the old city council if using scare tactics to influence the new council and moving the actions of the council back to the old way of thinking.
I felt that the resounding removal of the old city council members and the number of people that voted would be a strong signal that the way business was being conducted in the MC city council was unacceptable, and a strong message to the new council that we expect change. I also felt that this was a message to those that opposed the change that they conform to the majority or move on.
I have many friends in the MC community and most feel as I do, and this is what we expect.
The thought is that the council should have a vote or survey to find out how the masses really feel. Many of us have family or work obligation that can’t make it to the monthly meetings to voice those opinions.
- Should the city council sell the current city hall and 10 acres acquired without resident consent to pay off city debt and rebuild the financial reserves?
- Should the city keep the current tax to save to build a more reasonable building which could house a larger fire department, meeting hall, and a few clerk offices? (THERE IS NO NEED FOR COUNCIL OR MAYOR OFFICES!!!!!)
- Should taxes be lowered once reserves are built and a reasonable city hall is built and paid for in CASH?
- Is it important for the new city building be built in DOWNTOWN MC? (It is to me!)
- Should the planning and zoning committee only be comprised of MC residents that have NO interest in land sales or development on those lands? (I think many would be furious to find out how the committee is built now.)
- Should there be a term limit for MC city council members and the mayor?
(There are MANY more questions, but these are the most important.)
Give the city back to the people, and the city council is there to carry out the will of the people. Get those that profit from the actions of the council of the city council.
There should be a push to build communities that limit or exclude these track builders. They should be the low-density country setting communities. The past development concessions the council has given to build these mass, high-density communities are not the answer. Do I want a grocery store in MC at some point? YES, but not at the expense of the city as a whole. Building in mass to get rooftops for a grocery store isn’t what we want. A grocery store and other business will come in due time.
The city council should be there to conduct minimal city business there is and make sure the rules and regulation set forth in the city charter are adhered to. The planning and zoning committee should be out looking to build our little downtown. Recruiting a realtor, insurance agency, convenience store, restaurant or other small businesses to open a storefront in our small but great city, and not view MC with dollar signs in their eyes. The city should be concerned about the water company supplying water at a reasonable cost to its citizens, and if ensuring that they are doing best by the citizens.
When my wife and I decided to build in this quaint small town we did so because of the low-density communities, commitment to keeping it way and NO taxes. About a year after we built our house the city government changed and little things like mandating a trash pickup company due to one person personal opinion cam about. (NO vote was given and I was never asked if I wanted a mandated trash company.) Scare tactics were used to initiate a tax. A vote by informal means was given, but everyone was so scared Heath was standing on the courthouse steps to annex MC, people vote for the tax. It then evolved into what felt like a group of men that were on the council only to profit from its decisions. Let’s get back to a limited transparent city like we once had.
On a personal note, I have stated that I can’t attend city council meetings due to family conflicts. I have though attended a number of meetings in the past and felt like it was more of a dog and pony show, and not a council listening to those that voted them into office. I stood up to speak out against an issue, and Mr. Short felt it was more important to look to the councilman to his left to have a conversation, and then read last months meeting minutes instead of paying attention to what I and others had to say. I felt that all decisions had already been made in favor of this developer, and we were asked to be there only so the council could say they gave the city populous a chance to speak. Every person that spoke that day spoke out against the change to the development, but it was approved by all but 1 council members. I felt it was a waste of my time.
I would like to see the council responsibly build out the land already annexed by the city and not look to acquire more. Control growth and make this the top rank city in the state or the country to live, then everyone benefits.
Finally, I would like to see the council open its books and invite the division of the FBI to come and look at all land and development deals, how monies were spent and make sure that those making and altering the rules were not profiting from those changes.
A monthly MC newsletter posted on the city website and distributed via email would be great. Hard copies could be distributed at city hall for those that are not tech savvy. Keep the citizens of MC informed. I look forward to making MC great again.
[posted with permission]