Today the Argus Leader reports that mayor said his administrative reorganization still might continue.
"I'll never say it's complete, ever. Things are going to evolve. "But I'm excited about the team I've built around me," he said. "They are committed to getting results, challenging the status quo." Huether applauded team members' initiative to pursue innovation, even at the risk "of making a mistake or two."
For a person who is just entering his eleventh month in the office of mayor, he continues to say reorganization still might come.This from a man who comes from a marketing background and who, I am told, only had 3 direct reports, while working at Premier Bankcard. People don't know from one day to the next if they are going to have a job. What a leadership quality to drop that bomb publicly over and over again. A culture of fear. The fun just never ends at City Hall.
If that little tidbit wasn't enough to get the hair to stand on end, the mayor goes on to say he did not know whether the city will have secured partnerships with private enterprise to offset some of the cost of a new events center by the time a proposal on an approximately $100 million project is put to voters. Some of the costs? He said he wanted $25 million to come from private enterprise.
That statement would seem to indicate that he is not having success in getting partners from private enterprise to cough up the $25 million he needs for that leg of his financing plan. That would not be good news to the taxpayers of this city. It would mean he would need to take more money from the general fund which is the primary operating fund for city government operations and more debt.
Just what does he think the vote is going to be in November? A vote on location only? The public needs to vote on the entire package. The decision on where the Event Center should be built is an important factor, but not as important as how he is going to finance the construction of the Event Center and then how he proposes to pay for the operation of the Event Center.
There is nothing to vote on if we don't know how it is going to be paid for from beginning to end. I have always been of the opinion that the financing portion of this project should have come first, before we spent money on deciding where it should be built.
It's only been eleven months. How many more changes can we stand from this mayor. I grow weary with worry.