Archive for Thursday, October 26, 2006

Ask for facts

October 26, 2006

I am writing this letter because of my concerns for the city of Eudora. There seems to be many issues that the city council and administrator can't get worked out. The city has had this problem before with recreation directors, city administrators and the sewer seems to be one of those issues that can't get resolved. It seems we leave it up to the engineers.

We spent $13,600 dollars to do a pool study using the BG Engineering Consultant firm, who also did our sewer study. It would appear something was missed. If sewer was studied, then someone knew the sewer was only 6-foot for the pool drain, and someone failed to say anything at the cost of $1.8 million to taxpayers.

I don't know what we spent on the sewer study. I'm worried that all the options are not being looked at or what the study missed -- like a 6-foot sewer drain for the pool, and who it will cost or how much. It will cost the taxpayers of the community.

When we, as citizens of Eudora, put people in the position to run our city, we should expect them to do just that. When they adopt amendments, they should enforce them, not how they see fit, but how they're written.

Why can't they look at the pros and cons and make a decision. The fire chief was a good example of this. They tried to pick favorites, not the best-qualified person for the job. And they overlook qualifications to fill the position. Why would we try to hire someone less qualified for the job? That's not in the best interest of the city of Eudora.

They were able to resolve this issue so why can't we get some of the rest of them done. We have had problems with our recreation department and put someone in charge who can't do the job. This is not in the best interest of the city of Eudora.

Why do we continue to not look at all the facts? The city is like a company and should be run like one. Missed information or bad decisions cost the company (city of Eudora) money, which costs the taxpayers money.

If we are sending inappropriate e-mails, this is not what the public wants, whether it offends anyone or not. This should not be tolerated and may be why the tasks at hand can't be handled. We are not focused on our jobs.

As mayor, council members and administrator, find out what your jobs are and try doing them with the information given, or ask questions and stop all the bickering. Things might get done for a change.

Thomas E. Whitten


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