Electric City citizens, do you know what’s going on?
Letters to the Editor
My name is Sam Stanczak and I’m writing this letter to try to inform our readers on what is going on in our city government (Electric City). Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not a pot stirrer or a troublemaker; what I am writing is the truth and my opinion on the matter. After reading this letter, please form your own opinion.
I’ve been going to the council meetings for about two years trying to learn how the system is supposed to work (what a pain). Now, after attending these meetings, and doing some research, my opinion is that our council is (elected) into office to work for the people. We trust them to do what is right. Now, I understand it is difficult to balance what is right for the people and what is good for the city, but I feel they are not looking out for the people.
Now, here are some things that have been changed or passed in the last two years. They have changed the zoning without homeowners knowing about it; a council member even made that statement in a business downtown about the fact. They have annexed land into the city against the homeowner’s protest. They have adopted an ordinance that is very extreme for our little town (oh sorry, we are not a town anymore, we are a city). They have stopped taping the meetings, and now they have passed a new ordinance about public comments. You can’t just go to the meetings and ask questions or complain about anything without going into city hall first and filling out a request so they have it prior to the meeting.
There are already rules of order and laws that address this. Do we really need this new ordinance? What is really going on here? If there is anyone concerned about this, please start coming to the meetings. The meetings are two nights a month, the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month. They start at 7 p.m., and they last about an hour. I know I would rather be fishing, but it is important for us as citizens to attend these meetings to find out what is going on.