Elder Says “He Got the Message”

May 28, 2012 at 1:00 am 1 comment


New Hope councilman John Elder wrote a letter to the editor in the Sun Post in the aftermath of the May 17 public hearing on West Metro Fire;

As May 17 came to a close, and the last of the 19 people who chose to speak at the joint council listening session for the West Metro Fire-Rescue District, I was surprised at how much I had learned.

Having been a police officer for New Hope, and having spoken to as many firefighters as I have during my time on council and the fire board, I was pleasantly surprised. Each of the speakers addressed myriad topics, ranging from personnel issues, property concerns, to  the future of the fire service.  A number of people even told us “shame on you” for the way certain members have behaved.

I want to thank every person who has taken the time to be a part of this process, whether you have been a vocal advocate or a silent observer. Your presence has been noted and appreciated.  Each of the 19 people that spoke came to the podium and shared a piece of their mind and their heart.

On May 17, the public was finally heard. Please do not think this ends your ability to be heard. Each city council has an open forum at meetings. Go and be heard. The contact information for each council member is on each of our websites. Be heard.  In November we will have elections. Be heard.

Thank you to everyone who spoke on the May 17.  I cannot speak for anyone else, but I can assure you, I heard you.

John A. Elder

New Hope

Elder is a member of the New Hope City Council.

That’s nice to know councilman. Now will you please do us a favor and resign as the “citizen representative” on the West Metro Fire Board since that is a clear conflict of interest?

Also why did we wait six months to have a public hearing on the fire department?

We hope you heard that!

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  • 1. John A. Elder  |  June 12, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    Mr. Richter,

    Thank you for taking the time to share what is happening in the area via your blog. I have found this some time ago and have enjoyed your take on the issues.

    I was placed on the fire board when Brian Hubbard resigned. At that time it seem inappropriate to throw a “citizen” rep on the board as we could obviously see this was a tumultuous time. Without truly knowing the history of what all has happened, it would have been hard for a “citizen” to be effective.

    I agree with you completely on the need for a non-elected citizen rep on the board. I have agreed, in an open meeting, to resign from the board upon getting past this current challenge we have in front of us. I would call upon the City of Crystal to do the same.

    Reference waiting six months to have public input…… That was the decision that was made by the group at the time. Not sure why. Remember, the New Hope side was always pushing to make this happen. I think it was a necessary step, unfortunately not everyone felt that way (outside of the New Hope group).

    Good luck in your upcoming election. Great photo of the dog on your website! Great looking pooch!

    Never hesitate to call me direct if you have any other questions. Until then, keep up the great blog!

    Best Regards,
    John A. Elder

    Reply

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