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City Council urged to conduct meetings with civility

Sunnyside resident Martin Campbell covered a wide range of issues in addressing the Sunnyside City Council last week. But the longtime Sunnyside resident had one clear message to the city's governing body-get along.

"The Council doesn't seem to work as a team," said Campbell. "For us, that is not good as a citizenry."

Campbell said he believes it is important for the Council to have good relationships with its staff. After having spoke with several non-supervisory city employees, Campbell said he came to the conclusion that a positive working relationship wasn't there between the two sides.

"Your relationship with them is not pretty good," said Campbell. "As a citizen, I would like to see the City Council and staff working as a team."

Campbell also offered up the suggestion for the Council to not openly criticize each other. He also felt that Council should never openly criticize city employees.

Campbell also let his feelings be known about the landscaping ordinance the planning commission will be looking at adopting Feb. 11.

Campbell said he believes there are certain requirements a city has to provide to its citizens, such as water, police and fire protection. But, he said he couldn't see the usefullness in implementing a landscaping ordinance no one wants, especially during tight fiscal times in the city.

Campbell said the city needs to address such needed issues as water and sewer and police protection, instead of worrying about landscaping.

"I think we can drive through a pot hole and get away with it," said Campbell.

Campbell cited a number of different reasons as to why he is against the landscaping ordinance. Campbell said the recent budget cuts, which resulted in certain staff members being let go, reduced the amount of time staff can dedicate to providing regular city services, let alone dealing with implementing a landscaping ordinance.

Campbell elaborated on his thought about the landscaping ordinance, saying the city shouldn't divert money from anywhere, including reserves, to cover staff time and expenses to implement the beautification ordinance.

"We have had a city over 100 years without one," said Campbell. "We have a pretty nice city."

. Mike Kantman can be contacted at (509) 837-4500, or email him at mkantman@eaglenewspapers.com

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