Cory Frolik's weekend articles on Bellevue City Council's conflict with the administration, based on his interview with Councilwoman Jody Keiser, prompt this letter. Her accusations reflect a stunning lack of knowledge for someone serving multiple Council terms.
Her claim that the service director and mayor "withheld" information about paving North West Street is not true. City finances are public information; nothing is or can be hidden. License plate funds come from the county, earmarked for road projects, every year. Those funds go to Auditor Smith, not Mr. Crosby. Accounting methods and principles are mandated under state law and subject to state audit. Our auditor does a fine job; it is council's obligation to learn and understand the process. They weren't thrown into the job; they asked for it by running for election.
In the articles, Keiser claims the administration is trying to make council look "biased toward the fire department." The bias is there for the world to see: Mr. Barr, former fire chief; Mr. Matz, retired firefighter; Mrs. Schaffer, wife of a full-time firefighter; and Mrs. Keiser, wife of a part-time firefighter. Mrs. Konst is a close friend of Mr. Barr. Are we supposed to believe that these people just randomly decided to run for council at the same time? Are we also supposed to believe that these people are objective about the fire department?
In discussion with Mrs. Keiser about eliminating the cit engineering department, and council's failure to do a cost-benefit analysis, she suggested that I check out various cities' engineering costs and submit a report to her, which she would then review. Excuse me? That research is her homework, not mine.
The people of Bellevue have a right to expect our City Council to set a standard of behavior and performance that is dignified, respectful, and competent.