Initially, I was adamantly opposed to spending $68,500 for anything other than that which was absolutely required to run the city of Sandusky. As I began to examine the issue and myself in the process, I discovered I was wrong.
I believed at the time that Commissioner Nuesse should not have been at the forefront of this issue because of perception of the "hint of impropriety." Hindsight is always 20/20 and probably Commissioner Nuesse was not the optimal choice for delivering this issue, but we must move past that.
Both our police and fire have endured lay-offs and we are upset and concerned for them as well as ourselves. What we must evaluate as a community is where do we go from here? How do we assure ourselves that the correct decisions are being made and that every possible resource is utilized to the fullest possible extent?
Commissioner Nuesse presented one tool that can be used to assess needs, determine outcomes and chart a course. Some in our community have turned that tool into a weapon to beat each other up with.
Is ICMA the only tool? Certainly not? Is ICMA the best tool? Who knows? What I do know is that we should not allow fear, intimidation, posturing or politics to cloud an issue that is embroiled in personalities, and obscure the real issue and the real objective: How do we become better at meeting the ever increasing fiscal challenges while simultaneously meeting and exceeding citizen expectations?
The author is a community activist and was a candidate for city commission in 2009.