Still waiting for alderman to propose some solutions

Mike Anthony

Mike Anthony

The thought crossed our mind during last week’s Crestwood Board of Aldermen meeting that Ward 3 Al-derman Jerry Miguel should apply for the city administrator’s post.

Once again, those in attendance were treated to another lengthy discussion about one of his spreadsheets predicting financial gloom and doom for the city. Some might applaud Mr. Miguel for taking the time to create these questionable documents, but frankly that’s not his job.

Under the voter-approved City Charter, that’s the job of the city ad-ministrator — in this case, Don Greer.

The charter is very explicit about the city administrator’s duties, including annually recommending a budget and keeping the mayor and Board of Aldermen fully apprised of the financial condition and future needs of the city and making recommendations to them concerning city affairs.

Quite frankly, we believe Mr. Greer has done an outstanding job under extremely adverse conditions. It’s no secret that Mr. Miguel doesn’t share our view of the great work that Mr. Greer is doing given his opposition to practically every proposal and recommendation brought forth by Mr. Greer.

But that’s fine, that’s what makes this country great. What’s not right, though, is Mr. Miguel’s continued efforts to micro-manage the city. If Mr. Miguel doesn’t like the job Mr. Greer’s doing, make a motion to fire him. We doubt such a motion would get much support. It’s easy to predict gloom and doom, but it’s extremely difficult to formulate solutions.

Maybe that’s why every time Mr. Miguel is asked by his fellow elected officials for a solution, he has none.

That’s great, but when it came time to vote last week on what looks to be a solution to the city’s general fund woes — a $6 million bond issue to be considered by voters April 5 — Mr. Miguel abstained. It’s unfortunate that the one time when it really counted for all of the city’s elected officials to take a stand, Mr. Miguel abstained.

Hanging in the balance of the bond issue is whether the city continues to operate the way it does today with the top-notch services it provides or whether services will be dramatically reduced and departments eliminated, perhaps at a greater cost than this bond issue to citizens who foot the bills.

But that fact must be lost somewhere in Mr. Miguel’s spreadsheets because the one time he had the opportunity to let voters decide the level of service they want to pay for, he couldn’t vote “yes.”