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Letter: Council, don’t abuse power, work on city

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From: Phil Swaim


To the edirtor:

The City Council, in its latest meeting, turned the citizens’ chambers into a three-ring circus with Jim Lienhoop grandstanding and using the forum to publicly berate the mayor in a way that was uncalled for and inappropriate.

City Council meetings are the time to discuss new legislation for the city that will provide better public safety, improve our road infrastructure, encourage businesses to grow and thrive and provide jobs and income for our fellow citizens. The mayor places things on the agenda that are meant to accomplish or generate open discussion on ways to accomplish these ends.

Councilman Lienhoop made a motion to take an employee who was demoted, double his salary and prevent the mayor from hiring a replacement parks director by reducing the position’s salary to $0. This irresponsible, political decision leaves the parks department ill-equipped to function and serve the citizens.

This is a clear case of the good ol’ boy network protecting one another with abuse of power. Lienhoop’s motion, which was passed with full support of the other council members, is counterproductive to the business of the city.

For the two years this mayor has been in office, she has made coalitions of some of the city’s brightest minds and forces for good. The strategy and vision they have come up with set our city up for great success, advancing our status of being the greatest city of its size in the nation. For two years a lot of work has been done, outside of City Council meetings, by this mayor to bring stakeholders together to share in a positive vision.

This is such a stark contrast to the actions of the City Council over the past two years. The council members seemingly exist to oppose anything amounting to a positive effort by the mayor and her executive team.

The City Council needs to get to work. We have plenty of roads that need to be paved, plenty of deferred capital projects that are still waiting to be moved on, public safety that needs support and jobs that need to be brought to Columbus.

We elected one mayor, not eight. Council, get to work being legislators and positive forces for the community. That’s what we elected you to do.

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