Crestwood citizens need the Call’s reporting, former alderman says

Mr. Wasson in his Jan. 17 opinion piece “Calling You Out” is 100-percent correct.

In that same issue, the letters from Ms. Murnin and Mr. Fink are 100-percent correct. Ward 4 Alderman Steve Nieder is 100-percent correct when he reminded city officials of the promise they made to the voters regarding Proposition S.

Crestwood’s citizens need the reporting of the Call if for nothing else than to keep the current city government honest and from breaking the promises they made to the voters. Why?

Just recall the recent events surrounding the excessive use of the not-open-to-the-public executive sessions, the change in the Civil Service rules regarding an employee’s freedom to speak to the press and it becomes clear to any normal thinking person that in the last three years Crestwood has stopped allowing access by its citizens to their government.

Remember the ever-changing budget numbers from week to week since September 2007. Remember Crestwood’s financial adviser Carl Ramey of Stifel, Nicolaus & Co saying that it is “critical” that an actual number is agreed to for the excess in the general fund.

Remember the mayor stating that the city doesn’t need a tax increase.

Remember that and remind those in charge of that when you attend the city’s town-hall meetings, because I am sure the Call will in their pages.

Tim Trueblood

Crestwood

Editor’s note: Mr. Trueblood served as a Ward 2 alderman for the city from 1993 to 2006. He was unable to seek re-election due to term limits.