Letter: Time discussing separate mayor’s race appears wasted
After attending the City Council meeting on July 18, I left after watching the council dance around the issue of whether to elect the mayor separately.
It is, indeed, a sad commentary that we have a council that appears to be acting on behalf of the citizens. When the council does not want to make a decision, it goes to having a public hearing.
When I, along with others, took time to meet with the subcommittee of the council to discuss how to move on electing our mayor, I assumed that a decision would be made by this committee and brought back to the full council for a vote.
Assumption No. 1: The subcommittee and Salisbury citizens would meet and discuss the best way to proceed with electing the mayor.
Assumption No. 2: The subcommittee would discuss what would be in the best interests of the city and its citizens
Assumption No. 3: The subcommittee would take the recommendation from the citizen input to the full council for a vote.
However, the assumptions have proven to be in error and a waste of the citizens’ time given the action taken by the council at the July 18 meeting.
This is supported by these examples:
Case-in-point No. 1: Discussion had taken place several years before relative to electing the mayor and also by the committee.
Case-in-point No. 2: For the last several months, the subcommittee met with citizens, and there was much discussion concerning different scenarios, including staggered terms, longer terms and district elections.
Case-in-point No. 3: The overriding consensus was that the mayor should be elected separately.
I would agree that making all of the changes discussed at the committee meetings would be a lot. However, if the council took one thing at a time, it would at least show that it’s willing to act.
— DeeDee Wright
Perhaps the age of convenience we live in has altered my expectations. Or maybe I should have known better. Either... read more