THUMBS UP: Interest in city council
The field of candidates for Sanford’s City Council expanded this week, with Chas Post announcing his intent to seek one of two at-large seats. The local attorney will challenge sitting Councilman L.I. “Poly” Cohen in the November election.
The 29-year-old Post pledged to support police and fire personnel if elected, and named downtown revitalization and improving the local jobs picture among his other priorities. He backs bond referendums for millions in city projects — a stance that is sure to be controversial in the upcoming campaign.
Whatever one’s opinion of the incumbent and his challenger, the wheels of democracy turn better when more people are invested and involved in the process. Post is to be commended for taking this step, and we look forward to the civil, “good race” Cohen said he anticipates.
THUMBS UP: Good fiscal judgment
When it met Wednesday, the Sanford City Council wisely rejected a plan to use money designated for a skate park to fund a 1 percent cost-of-living adjustment for employees.
At first glance, it may seem a pay increase for deserving city workers should be funded by any means available. However, as was noted by Councilman Rebecca Wyhof and other council members, it is ill-advised to use a one-time money source to fund a recurring expense.
While we are pleased the city wants to do more for its employees, giving them a COLA that may not be sustainable in the future would be doing them wrong.
THUMBS UP: Cordial meeting
The boards have butted heads in the past, but when the county commissioners met with Lee County school leaders this week, the proceedings were amicable.
While the schools may be receiving $500,000 less under the county’s proposed budget, meaning they would have less funding for teaching assistants, the commissioners offered to act on their behalf. They volunteered to draft a resolution, requesting more funding from the General Assembly, and to see about getting schools more money from the courts — funds they are due from fines and forfeitures. Chairman Charlie Parks even pledged to “go to the head judge if I need to.”
Certainly, one meeting will not solve all of the problems these panels face, and they will continue to have differences of opinion about appropriations and other matters. However, it’s heartening to hear some respectful, helpful dialogue focused on finding solutions.
Ideally, this interaction indicates a renewed commitment to getting along.