Stehly suggests petition drive instead of legislating change from the dais

There has been an effort for awhile to change our strong mayor form of government. I have often said that it works, if it is worked right. Under Former Mayor Naming Tennis Centers after himself, he decided that he was the executive and legislative branch and pushed everything through that way. That is NOT how it was supposed to work.

I can understand the frustration Stehly has had over the past two years, with a dictator in that office consistently ignoring her or threatening ethics violations, and a leadership team that worked in lock step with his every desire.

I have often felt that this form of government can work, but it requires our city council to start collaborating and flexing their muscles and actually writing legislation and policies instead of the mayor’s office. They should also be a part of the budgeting process. I think moving forward they can do this and need to be firm with the new administration about it.

Instead telling citizens they have to do a petition drive to fix their government, maybe our government should fix it from within and start setting policies to make it better. I think this is the perfect opportunity for our council to implement those changes without us constantly having to do petition drives to fix policies because what we are really doing is correcting the MISTAKES our poorly chosen elected officials make. We elect you to make our government work better. Do your job.



3 comments ↓

#1 D@ily Spin on 05.22.18 at 9:09 am

There’s no hope for Strong Mayor Charter. Since inception, it has left citizens out of government. Huether overruled the council and ignored petitions legally. The new TenHacks plan establishes a cabinet of former dictator mayors to replace the council. Being a councilor is someplace to sit on Tuesday nights and collect a meager salary like a city employee. Speaking gets you an ethics hearing.

#2 "Very Stable Genius" on 05.22.18 at 2:15 pm

Do you really think that you can make an “Ironman” weak?

#3 Skyblusky on 05.22.18 at 3:19 pm

City Manager Form of Government. Remove the politics. Remove the ego. Hire a highly trained and experienced Professional Local Government Manager. Not political appointees. A Manager accomplishes exactly what you mention, responsible for working with both the Mayor and Council. https://icma.org/