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Challenges city council to do better

Published: Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

David Giuliani’s latest “Out here” blog entry Aug. 22 titled “Contreras gave us inside look” hit a perfect point I was trying to make at the last city council meeting.

Mr. Contreras’ comment about people coming to council meetings to complain irked me a little bit. However, that was quickly wiped away. Finally a (former) Dixon City Council member gave us an open, honest look into the city council in the Rita Crundwell era, and for that, I commend and applaud Mr. Contreras.

All we want, and rightfully expect, out of our current council leaders is the same openness and honesty Mr. Contreras gave us – the same openness and honesty that already exists in some of Dixon’s city employees like Police Chief Danny Langloss and Finance Director Paula Meyer.

I attended the governmental task force meetings and was impressed with how open and blunt Mr. Langloss was about Rita Crundwell, the city’s human resource practices, etc. A few council meetings back, Paula Meyer presented the budget in a workshop meeting before the regular meeting. Some of us raised some questions, and after the meeting, she sat down with us and addressed those questions, even offered to set up a meeting to go into greater detail about the budget with us. 

What we get out of our council members is different. It’s exactly what Mr. Giuliani wrote in his article “Let’s move on.”

I challenge this council to do better; go above and beyond what’s required of you. Be bold and think big; let’s try new things. How will we know whether it will work if we don’t try?

My dream for Dixon would be to see the home of the largest municipal theft in U.S. history become the home of the most open, honest, and transparent city in this not-so-open-and-honest state of Illinois.

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