April 2013, Commissioner Matta is swon in as Mayor. That should prove to be an interesting year!!!! Last night was a shining example of the micro-management/huge ego style we could well see in our local government.
The Commission was… again… discussing the discharge of fireworks. It was quite apparent that 4 of the 5 commissioners were against any ban. However, the proposed ordinance changes allow for a ban if the environmental conditions pose a fire hazard. Kansas is in a bad drought. If we see no substantial moisture, the dry conditions could pose a significant fire hazard resulting from sparks, etc. The proposed ordinance gave the authority to make the decision of a fire hazard ban to the Fire Chief. He is the one most in touch with the State, County, and other fire officials. Our Mayor ProTem wanted nothing to do with a decision made by anyone other than the Mayor himself. Allow the safety of the citizens and their property to lie with a political figure, who can pump up his chest and see his name in print, rather that leaving the decision with the professionals.
If such arrogance persists into this commissioner’s term as Mayor, we’re in for some “entertaining” viewing on Tuesday evenings.