I have to ask because to me it appears to me it has to be one or the other.
I posted the Letter to the Editor from the President of Lowell Youth Soccer and let me be clear here. I thing Rodney Elliot is speaking from the viewpoint of the President of LYS. The fact he is also a City Councilor is secondary and NOT the issue. I may not agree with a lot of things that Councilor Elliot has said or done but in this particular issue I again agree with him 100%.
I also thing that Rodney Elliot the father / active neighborhood Sports Youth President is trying very hard to NOT approach this from a City Councilor stance.. To those like the Blowellian who even is implying a conflict I think in this case Rodney is trying very hard to make sure he ISN”T in conflict.
Yes if you are opposed to Rodney or are a supporter of the Manager you could stretch the point that as a councilor he may be putting himself in a situation that the ethic commission would say he is in conflict. In this case and as a parent who spent many days at the ball field or stadium I see him as carrying out the work of a Youth Sports President. A volunteer position that is assisting city youth and parents of city youth.
In his letter Rodney IN NO WAY Implied what I am about to Imply, so please let’s be clear this is MY VIEW from the cheap seats.
This appears to be either a case of incompetence on the part of Development Service’s or political payback by the Administration for the way the councilor has treated them.
We have been told many times and I have posted on several occasions that under the “New” Dept. of Development Services permitting , development and inspectional issues have improved and that the pape trail which under Building Inspector Camacho was said to be out of control was all corrected and this Dept. is running smoothly.
Then explain how such a high impact. controversial project like the Walgreens development can have a paper trail that shows at every public hearing and meeting on the project, the issue of extending a sewer line a short distance to the city’s six-acre soccer field to provide sewer service to the four bathrooms was always discussed and this condition was recommended by both the City Engineer and Wastewater as an infrastructure improvement that should be completed fails to not only get done but the explanation given is a paperwork issue seemed to have slipped through the cracks and a “formal comment” requesting the sewer-line extension was not submitted by the City, to the developer.
I thought issues like this were NOT occurring under this watch? it calls into question the competence level of whoever is directly responsible to Manager and supervise the person responsible for this.
It also raises the question not to just supporters of Rodney Elliot (Something no one can accuse me of) but to the “average” citizen who pays attention to local politics if this was done purposely as political payback by this Administration against their biggest and loudest critic.
It will be explained away as a simple mistake but it does leave a very wide open issue for people to discuss.
I don’t recall Councilor Elliot bringing this issue to the council floor and because he is the President of the League I believe he has tried to keep the two positions separate.
I would hope that Councilor Lorrey who has been a strong supporter of Recreation in the City or Councilor Kennedy who is a fair and even kneeled councilor will not only file a motion to ask how this occurred but ask the Manager and his administration what they are going to do to correct it.
Unfortunately the Council has another week “off” from their regular meeting and have another “Special” Meeting dealing with the Auditor’s dept. this week so it will have to wait until a May meeting to be dealt with but answers and resolutions should be publicly addressed.
I stopped by the fields at 9:30 this morning after Saturday Morning Live to see for myself how busy these fields are and the place was packed. The LYS built the bathrooms using their own funds and were promised by the city that they would be tied into the city lines.
The City should HONOR their word!