Posts Tagged ‘opinion’
June 30, 2011 by wcobserver
We commend the 50 or so people who attended the June 14 public hearing on the city’s 14 percent water and sewer rate increase. It’s hard to come forward in a small town and speak on any side of an issue. Trust us, we know. If you’re a regular reader of this paper, then you know we’re all for transparency and a public hearing certainly attempts to let citizens better understand the issues at hand. We’re guessing from the murmurs in the crowd and shaking of heads last Tuesday that some of you went home disappointed that city officials couldn’t provide more specific details on a number of issues surrounding the events that have led to the water and wastewater utility’s $25,000 loan from the city’s general fund and now a 14 percent rate increase. Mayor Frances Hime, the city council and the Water and Wastewater Utility Commission, are in a tough place right now. The man at the helm of the city’s utility is a 30-year, plus, employee and by many accounts has worked tirelessly to serve the city. But he was also a man without a lot of specifics last Tuesday night about what happened and when. Even …Read More...
June 11, 2011 by wcobserver
Finally, here it is … June, the beginning of summer and the season when workers all over the industrialized world begin to celebrate the weeks-long reprieve from their labors and enjoy what we all know as “paid vacation time.”Read More...