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What’s all this I hear about ordinances? How did Rockford ever survive the last few decades without all this drama? Everything seems to be under review by the council, while withholding information from the public and the press.
If you read last week’s paper, two things should concern you. First, the mayor has the authority to declare an emergency and impose a curfew – not to be lifted without his or her say-so. Now, leadership is about taking responsibility during a crisis. But without oversight, the ordinance almost lets the mayor get away with imposing martial law. This one deserves some discussion – a discussion of limits.
Second, it appears illegal for the utilities board to make repairs without express permission from the town council. Meanwhile, there are sinkholes and cracks in the streets that suggest that the same aging sewer system that opened up across from the post office is failing in other spots.
The holes and cracks keep getting worse while waiting for the town’s and utilities board’s respective lawyers to come to an agreement. What are the odds of this happening quickly when one lawyer’s stand-in forgets to get on the agenda and the other has demonstrated interpersonal skills on par with mine?
Remember that we elect these people. We pay some of them. Re-election is coming. So don’t be afraid to voice your opinions and ask questions.
After all, let’s keep the drama alive.