Why should council be trusted?

December 16, 2013

To the editor:

I recently read that County Councilman Dewayne Perry admonished our elected State Rep. MaryGail Douglass for not joining with council to defend the actions County Council has undertaken on behalf of the Citizens of Fairfield County.

Then on Dec. 9, Council Chairman David Ferguson was quoted as having said during “Council time” that “adverse” or “inappropriate” press was hampering Fairfield County’s efforts to recruit new businesses and jobs.

I have one question: what planet are you folks living on? It is your behavior that has led us to this point, not the actions of a concerned electorate or grassroots group. You (meaning council members) are responsible for the condition we find ourselves in, it really is all on you, not on the child who has made the observation that the “King has no Clothes.”

Why should we trust you to behave in the best interests of the taxpayers? Perhaps more importantly why would Council Chairman Ferguson try to blame the citizenry for council’s continued failures, and worse, to suggest that those same grass roots activists are somehow responsible for the lack of economic development in Fairfield County? Balderdash!

Professional business people can see for themselves. They don’t need “adverse press” to illustrate to them that Fairfield County is not fertile ground for economic development.

There is much to recommend Fairfield County for business leaders and the Captains of Industry, but the failure of our elected leaders stands out as an impediment to that development. Business professionals recognize at a glance that our elected Council lacks the tools to create an environment advantageous to economic development. These professionals are not fooled by the empty rhetoric coming from the Chair, that somehow, a grass roots activist group is responsible for the negative impressions they are left with.

Bob Carrison

District 7