Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Evansville Mayoral Forum Post #2

Question 5) How to maintain character of Evansville in light of the growth.
Sandy: Downtown revitalization-Smart Growth-Set aside money to replace trees-Replace trees in park-Use parkland dedication fees
Karen: New economic development-Planning ordinance & design requirements on developers
Sandy rebuttal: Need design standards for commercial development and stricter landscaping requirements.

Question 6) What is your position on the viability of maintaining Lake Leota?
Karen: "My choice is to restore." It takes dedication to maintain. Doesn't know where money will come from yet.
Sandy: Committed to restoration. Work with options being explored by SOLE. Using volunteers to remove silt

That ended the Chamber derived questions and opened the discussion to questions that the audience had delivered before the forum.

Question 1) Explain your public experience and motivation
Karen: Experience on Budget and finance Committee and Planning Commission, Board experience. Natural segue to Mayor
Sandy: No public office before but has served on Historic Preservation Committee-Proud of her work with the Wauwatosa Library Board during a contentious time. "I love Evansville." "I have the skills and abilities to devote to the office."

Question 2) How to improve communication between Police Commission and Police Department.
Sandy: Shared that her husband is on Police Commission. Described our PC as Independent and only able to act on citizen complaints. No direct relationship with department.
Karen: All committees need better communication. Didn't have good relation to recent events.

Question 3) How to maintain rate of residential development.
Karen: Stressed agreements in place and that the Planning Commission and developers are both comfortable with them.
Sandy: Questions persist about absolute limits. The elementary school is at 90% Must keep growth moderate to allow school to keep up.

I'll conclude next time...

7 comments:

Nathan said...

You know, these election things every few years are a reall drag! Why can't we just find the best candidate and elect them for life? We'd free up a huge amount of airtime that could be used for so much more important things - like American Idol. Or bread and circuses! (Circi?)

Evansville Observer said...

Grumps---In my humble opinion, the question at the forum was a poor one, in that it referred to the "communication" between etc. in the police case.

This was a police case with strict channels of communication and it was by definition restricted.

There was probably a better question, but I am not sure that that question would have been appropriatly directed to the mayor.

In summary---it is hard to expect great answers to bad questions.

The Observer

Mason B. said...

Oh Wolfman-

Do you think the moderators asked the real question?

The real question, from me, went something a little like this;

"Recently our police department has been marred by allegations of misconduct by one of the department's officers. Apparently the complaint was not fully prosecuted by the police commission because of a miscommunication between the police department and the police commission. The legal fees in this matter will cost the city approx. $20k. That being said how would you as mayor attempt to alleviate future costly problems that can be remedied with better communication?"

Obviously what I did not explicitly mention in my version was that the complaint was brought by the police dept (via the Chief) and that the police department had knowledge of the TAPE months before thousands of dollars were wasted on needless legal fees.

Now Wolfman, if there is nothing that the mayor can do, suggest or at least influence then we are in a terrible spot. In fact if our police commission is so powerless, err independent then who does the Chief answer to at all?

Who pays for flipped squad cars? Who pays for needless legal fees? Who is at risk when there are less officers on the street because of a paid suspension or, in the alternative, who pays the salary of the extra body brought in to cover shifts for an officer on paid suspension? I guess maybe the dept. SHOULD answer to us...no?

One of our candidates said, "The buck stops here." Well does it? Well does it?

And as far as this being a poor question for a candidate forum...well I think this situation is a black eye for our city and the mayor is the person that has to put the bloody steak to the city's face. To say that this has nothing to do with the mayor because of the independent nature of the commission in question is weak sauce. On the other hand to acknowledge that there are communcation problems between committees and other bodies in this city is step 1. As far as I know you can not solve a problem by skipping step 1. Besides is there any such thing as a bad question? There are misunderstood questions, confusing questions, tough questions, silly questions, but in this race I do not believe there are any BAD questions, only bad responses.

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