"F" as in Frank

Strong mayor form of government would be ideal for city of Sunnyside

I noticed last week a church on 16th Street in Sunnyside had a reader board message that read something to the effect that "worry is the dark room where negatives are developed." Harrison Middle School's reader board, directly across the street, said "picture re-takes" would be available.

I don't know if it was worry or darkness that prompted the then Sunnyside City Council to hire Bob Stockwell as City Manager and the negatives that resulted, but the current council has one of those rare opportunities in life for a do-over, a "re-take" if you will.

But I'm of the opinion that this do-over isn't about hiring a new and improved city manager, it's about elected officials taking back their town.

What I mean is this: why not return Sunnyside to a city council/strong mayor form of government?

Yes, some are proud of the fact that Sunnyside was the first in the state, or at least one of the first, to change over to a city manager form of government.

But the Stockwell situation points out the weaknesses of this arrangement. One person, unelected, holds a great deal of sway over what happens or doesn't within the city.

If you have a city manager that everyone uniformly approves of then there are no worries. But if there are disputes, lawsuits, the decisions of one unelected man or woman can hamper a city and its residents for years.

So, come on, Sunnyside City Council, grab this opportunity for a re-take, and take back the city government you've been elected to run.


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