Sunset Hills mayor still a walking contradiction

‘Call the Tune’ by Mike Anthony

By Mike Anthony

Hypocrisy is never a very becoming trait for an elected official.

Yet, Sunset Hills Mayor Mark Furrer continues to be a walking contradiction. Furrer launched his write-in campaign for mayor roughly two weeks before the April 2014 election, sparked by his opposition to a proposed QuikTrip development off Interstate 270 and near his residence.

But as we’ve previously written, the mayor has no qualms about working behind the scenes to advance a developer’s proposal for a commercial redevelopment of the city’s Court Drive area that was ravaged by a tornado on Dec. 31, 2010.

Furrer noted that Chicago-based Houseal Lavigne Associates, which is developing the city’s new comprehensive plan, has determined the area could be one of the city’s “opportunity zones” for commercial development. But it’s obvious that he doesn’t care what Court Drive residents want, as they are adamant the area remain residential. In fact, the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission agreed in November 2011 that the area should remain residential.

And the hypocrisy continues.

Furrer questioned the integrity of interim City Hall manager Charles Montoya during a recent meeting in which Montoya presented a 13-page report that outlined the significant challenges city employees in all departments face under the current structure at City Hall.

Montoya, just a month into his three-month tenure overseeing City Hall, presented a comprehensive report that concluded hiring a city administrator would solve most of the city’s current problems. Furrer, who is opposed to hiring a city administrator, questioned both Montoya’s work ethic and objectivity.

But Furrer bristled last week after Ward 1 Alderman Dee Baebler asked representatives of Houseal Lavigne Associates how they arrived at their recommendation that the Court Drive area should be commercial.

“… This outfit from Chicago was hired and voted on by every alderman here to bring the city an objective idea and an objective thought on what they thought the city should be, based on their expertise throughout the country …,” Furrer said, later adding, “… We pay a lot of money for their expertise, so to cast any kind of aspersions on their decisions is unfair to him and the city …”

Apparently, if Furrer agrees with you, you have integrity. If he disagrees with you, you lack integrity — that’s not hypocritical or unfair, right?