Wandering around my local big box store last night and ran into a friend who was sporting a petition for a city council election. Well that was a shock!
When one thinks common sense has just prevailed and instead of spending tax money foolishly on another election – or maybe in this case 2 elections (I’m not sure now) a couple of the Ankeny city council members who “tell us” they are here to save money are supporting this according to my friend.
Well, I’ll just tell you what I think! This is an absolute WASTE of money!!! Denny Rafdal was a good choice. I was told he would fill the position until the next election and was not interested in running so the seat would go to the public for election in the regular cycle BUT OH NO – Mark Holm and Jim McKenna, Ankeny’s newest city council members, want to help increase the burden on property tax payers! Go figure – they have already broken their campaign promises.
Ankeny is taking the high road and saving money for the taxpayers by appointing Denny Rafdal to fill retiring Councilman Craig Blocks seat. This responsible action will be applauded by the citizens of Ankeny. During a regular meeting, the Ankeny City Council unanimously recommended the appointment of a former Plan & Zoning Commissioner to fill the council vacancy.Rafdal, a small business owner in Ankeny, has a history of public service, having previously served four years on the Ankeny Park Board and 13 years on the Plan & Zoning Commission. As commissioner, he was involved in the development of the Ankeny Comprehensive Plan during a period of significant community growth. He is widely viewed as a steady leader with a focus on fairness when tackling important community issues.
The Council will consider the appointment at a regular meeting scheduled for Monday, May 21st at 5:30 p.m.
The city of Ankeny recently released the April Building Report (see report) http://www.ankenyiowa.gov/index.aspx?recordid=2651&page=22 which is good news for some folks and not so good for others. As the City Council struggles with the growth and need for increased infrastructure they are also cutting budgets and employees according to sources within the community.
Builders and developers have worked for years to enhance the opportunity within the community building a strong commercial base and providing reasons for people to move to the community but without city employees to make that happen – alas Ankeny will regress.
Do you think Ankeny is a good place to live and why?
Someone took pot shots at the Ankeny Iowa police station last weekend. According to the press there is a video that is being reviewed and the Police Chief thinks it will result in an arrest. That is the key story but the real concern is why drive by shootings are occurring in Ankeny? Do you think there is a chance that the city council will take a closer look at what they were elected to do and share with the citizens what their priorities are or are they going to pursue the proposed cuts in the Ankeny PD and Fire Department that citizens are hearing around town?
May day didn’t bring baskets of good things to the citizens of Ankeny when long time City Manager Carl Metzger took early retirement this week. Nothing is better than experience and Metzger holds that experience and has successfully worked for councils who wanted Ankeny to grow. There are those in city leadership who think Ankeny has been too progressive and are ready for stagnation. If there is anything in the May basket today for Ankeny residents it will be that the council will now have a chance to lower the salary of the CM position and save money. The council is already looking at how many employees they can cut so it’s a time of concern and unrest among employees and now the residents have reason to be concerned with no manager.
Here is the announcement as listed on the City of Ankeny website:
“ANKENY, Iowa (April 30, 2012) - At a special meeting tonight, the Ankeny City Council unanimously approved early retirement for longstanding City Manager Carl Metzger. The council recognized his 27 years of dedicated service to the citizens of Ankeny and his steady leadership on behalf of the city council. Metzger, who has served as Ankeny’s city manager since 1985, will be retiring effective June 30, 2012.” Full Article