To the editor:
Crestwood Ward 3 Alderman Paul Duchild’s recent letter is a prime example of the desperate need for term limitations for Crestwood aldermen of no longer than two terms.
Since I have lived in Crestwood for the past decade, Mr. Duchild has repeatedly tried to get enough votes to close animal control despite the citizens wanting to keep it. While numerous minutes in the aldermen’s monthly meetings were wasted repeatedly trying to close the facility — which was required to operate until the city code recently was changed — the businesses and morale of Crestwood were deteriorating to where it is today.
Mr. Duchild responded to another reader asking to let the aldermen do their job. I think the job done over the last decade speaks for itself.
The morale is at an all-time low, the mall sits like a graveyard, and there are too-numerous-to-count buildings for rent.
Crestwood needs aldermen with new ideas and new energy who will actually speak for those who voted them in and get results, not those who are so comfortable in their position.
Congratulations to Mr. Duchild for getting his wish of closing Crestwood’s Animal Shelter, the only thing left in Crestwood that many people were proud of having and didn’t mind paying for.
It is, however, a lot easier to cut minimal costs, such as the cost needed to pay the animal-control officer, than to actually work to attract profitable businesses to the area.
It is my hope that Crestwood residents will know and remember where their lost pets may end up because the hold times are short before euthanasia occurs.
Ironically, the same thing occurred to the hold on our hope that great things would happen in Crestwood.