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Letter: Council members still have questions to answer


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From: Charles Doup

Columbus

Until I read Councilman Frank Jerome’s letter, I was under the impression that all of the baloney sausage machines were in use inside the beltway in Washington D.C. Jerome must have prevailed on someone to loan him one for the writing of his letter.

I live in his district, and therefore he is accountable to me and anyone else who voted for him. Given the narrowness of his victory, I may have been a deciding vote.

Mayor Kristen Brown was elected on a promise by her that she would clean up the financial mess left to her by the previous administration. She has kept faith with that promise thus far.

The mayor was attempting to fulfill that promise when she discovered that the director of the parks department had allowed a food vendor to default on rent payments for a space in The Commons.

Question to Jerome and the other council members: Is it fair to the taxpayers of Columbus to be cheated out of rents due them?

Brown, for reasons of her own, demoted the parks director to a lesser position, as the councilman points out, in an effort to give the director an opportunity to leave gracefully. Instead he chose to make a fight of it.

Question to Jerome and the other council members: Who encouraged the director to make a fight of it? Was it fair to the taxpayers of Columbus to have to continue to pay an employee who was derelict in his duties?

A private businessperson would not have been charitable to an employee who does not do the work assigned to him. He is summarily fired.

The council in a display of fiscal responsibility cut off funds that were to be used to replace the park director.

The mayor, faced with a direct assault on her responsibilities, turned to the city attorney to determine if she was on good legal footing. This did not cost the Columbus taxpayer any additional money.

Question to Jerome and the other council members: Would it have been fair to the taxpayers of Columbus to foot the bill for an independent attorney?

I wish to exempt Councilman Frank Miller from any further criticism as I know him to be a responsible citizen who is doing the best he can to fulfill his duties. As to the rest of the City Council, you have shown yourselves to be children in a schoolyard, and you are just about as responsible.

To Jerome: Don’t send the baloney sausage machine back. You are going to need it to talk your way out of this mess.

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