This is in response to the Oct. 23 letter to the editor from David and Debra Michael, “It’s time to vote for a change in leadership” about the city of Weston.
Point 1, spending on city hall. The things they didn’t tell you: There were two public hearings on this issue and there was a possibility of a grant. However, because the CAVE people (Citizens Against Virtually Everything) thought it necessary to try a recall, with no success, the grant committee felt the city was unstable and denied the grant.
Point 2, unfair hiring practices. What they didn’t tell you: The new city recorder was already the part-time recorder at the time of her hiring, and because of the circumstances at the time they needed someone in place that was somewhat familiar with the procedures. The new part-time recorder was hired as a temp. However, when the council voted to make the position full-time , the temp already had several months of training. Why would you not offer her the position if it came open? The part-time public works position was posted in two locations in the city.
Point 3, out of control spending. What they didn’t tell you: For those of you who do not know, and those of you who do, all departments have a budget. This is set by the budget committee and passed by the council. Each line item is accounted for in the audit. There is accountability in that all receipts have to be turned in and reconciled.
Point 4, starting projects without research. What they didn’t tell you: The new public works shop was researched for a number of months. The location where the shop was to be placed is city property. But a few citizens didn’t think it was aesthetically pleasing to place it there, so a new location is being researched.
I also believe Weston needs to move forward. But do we need to move backwards with an ex-mayor that was recalled, and an ex-councilor that created internal havoc?
I encourage all citizens to vote. However, keep in mind there are two sides to the story and the CAVE people only tell you what they want you to believe. If in doubt, ask the other 95 percent so you can hear the other side of the story, and then make your choice on the ballot.
Michael G. Dowd