This will be simple and straight to the point, which is what I think the city employees and council members need to hear.
Concerning the applications for the city manager position - even if a temporary one - maybe you should consider the main priority as considering someone with proven honesty, integrity and common sense of what this city really needs to survive in the future.
Our city is melting and fading away and has been for many years.
I know it may not be possible to bring it back to a time like the 1970s or even the 1980s.
If you take a good look as an outsider and a by-stander, our city looks terrible and will not bring in visitors off the highway on their way to another destination.
We have too many empty buildings boarded up downtown. We need the ability to bring in new businesses that an average person will actually walk into.
It has taken time to become this sad place and could, if done correctly and legally, take less time to make it a prosperous city where everyone will once again say it is a nice place to want to be.
We do need more diversity in restaurants, shopping, entertainment and definitely more things to do in this town for people of all ages.
I will also mention that all of these things would also help the few places located in town that we do have on our main streets. New enterprise means more enterprise.
This city could be somewhere to look forward to be at on weekends instead of going out of town ourselves. You know you do it also.
Keep in mind all of these things when choosing a new city manager. Change your ways of thinking because what we have had has not been working.
Maybe it is time to choose someone that does not have city management experience, but cares about our city...someone new, willing to bring about good changes with new eyes is what this city needs in order to keep growing and to be a respected town once again.
/s/ Josie Brumbaugh, Sunnyside