I'm sure all of us feel as though, surely, the other shoe is about to drop...wait for it, wait for it....
Regardless, if there are no strings attached somewhere, to someone, this is a good move. We lambasted the gang of 4 leader when, out of the blue, he wanted a group love session of this council, and the next elected council, to each have a word in it. The catch was that the decision would be made while the current council (i.e. gang of four) had the power to make the final decision, while the newly elected members only consulted since they had yet to take office.
So, I actually believe he did something good here...except, I'm still waiting for that other shoe....
Ya know, I think most would agree that putting off consideration of hiring a town manager is best left to the council that is seated in 2016.
But waiting for 'the other shoe to drop' is a wise thing.
Here's why, IMO:
In the many years that I have observed the behavior of popp, one thing I've learned is that he is a wily politician who promotes ideas that seem altruistic on the surface, but really are intended to promote his personal agenda, his political party, or his pals (usually in that order). This appears to be no different.
The whole 'on again, off again' fiasco appears to be popp's cunning use of his incumbency to create controversy, and an issue his party can use to 'divide and conquer'.
One thing you can be sure of. If popp starts touting something as good for the citizens, good for the town, or good for the future...be very careful. Most likely, you are about to be suckered.
I believe that postponing the town manager issue, combined with the 'candidate fair' is merely an attempt to use the town manager decision as a wedge issue in the coming election. He has already planted the seed of disagreement by attempting to give the impression that the cost of a town manager is astronomical...this 'cost consideration' coming from an elected official who has wasted many thousands of taxpayer dollars as head of our Redevelopment Commission.
Folks, please don't fall for this political trick. His hand-picked candidates will be attempting to divide the opposition (and town employees...that's the reason for the 'candidate fair') in hopes of gaining footing with this wedge issue. I hope you don't fall for it.
Don't be fooled...it's just partisan politics.
Edited by TomD, 26 February 2015 - 08:08 AM.