Yes, I realize it has been a long while since I posted. I was worried people weren’t paying attention to what was going on. I saw on TV last night that people are, indeed, paying attention! It looks like it was a packed house at the Train Station (city hall) last night. This is a good thing! Maybe this will make the mayor and his side kicks wake up and realize this is NOT what people want. What happened at the last council meeting and last night was a travesty. Although, it verifies something I’ve been thinking about since January. I firmly believe these three have a list and they are working their way down it. Randy Lenth was obviously at the top of the list. Next was the city engineer, now Tom Ricke. I have a feeling we’ll be seeing the Police Chief and the Fire Chief getting axed next. I don’t want to see it, but I am afraid.
First, let me get something off my chest here. When did it become okay to wear hats and sleeveless t-shirts while sitting at the desk in the council chambers?? Talk about an unprofessional image! There are enough people making fun of our city now and then the mayor shows up looking like he just finished changing oil on his lawn mower. Have some pride in yourself and the position you hold! No wonder people outside of Kasson think we are a bunch of hicks.
Okay, back to the council meeting on Wednesday night. I’m thinking there were some things which occured which really smelled bad. Adding the elimination of the Street Supervisor position to the agenda at the last minute was number one. Doug Buck, who’s step-son works under Tom Ricke, making the motion to eliminate the position was number two, and then for number three you need to go watch the video. You will see Buck, Borgstrom, and Johnson all looking at some paperwork. Those are the only three who have it. It sure looks to me like they had met before hand and had all this worked out. Borgstrom pulls some minutes from a meeting from last year and reads it. He just happened to have that? Come on! This smells really, really bad!
So, they say they are doing this to save money. So they save, what, $60,000? Not even enough to fix one of our streets. Speaking of which, I thought there was a plan to fix three streets this year. What happened? Have you driven around town? Have you seen anything going on anywhere? No, no projects going on what so ever. Nothing. Last year there was a flurry of activitiy. This year, nothing. Sad. Could this be due to a lack of a city administrator? Someone who would be keeping everything on schedule?
Go back to that video of the last council meeting. Do you see how these three are so unprepared? They start talking about the SRO position with the Police Department. They say they don’t like how much that costs. Did anyone bother to call the Police Chief and ask some basic questions? Nope! They plow ahead until the Police Chief stands up and goes over the history of how the position came to be and low and behold, we find out the city is actually saving a half FTE with this arangement! The silence from those three is wonderful. Borgstrom was also talking about the “terrible things going on at the fire hall.” Eggler asks him if he talked to the Fire Chief. All Borgstrom can say is, “Uh, no.” Gee, why would you want to do that? Because you might have to deal with the facts? The facts can be so aggravating at times, cant’ they?
Back to the Streets Supervisor. I called Randy Lenth late last fall to ask about some work I saw being done. During that conversation he told me how the work I saw being done (By City Employees) would have previously been contracted out, but with Tom Ricke on staff, he had the knowledge and the ability to do it in-house. So, in effect, he was saving the city money. Do we now have to go back to contracting that out? Oh, yeah, back to the “Good old boy” network! They can contract that out to the mayor’s good buddy, Scott Lampland and SL Contracting! Back to “follow the money trail.” Excuse me while I go throw up, I think I’m getting sick.
Hey, THANK YOU to everyone who turned out on Tuesday night. It looked awesome on the news! Please turn out again Wednesday July 22 to let them know how you feel. Watch the videos, too. You need to stay informed.