Some hard choices ahead

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By Ralph Damiani

The council is faced with two very important decisions right now. We think they are acting properly in regards to one but we have some serious questions about the other.

When County Administrator Max Baker announced his decision to retire, we thought we were told that there would be an honest, open process. And while it is still early, we are still waiting for that process.

All we have gotten is a closed meeting. And the legality of that is questionable – unless the council is talking about specific candidates they cannot close a meeting to discuss the position.

And since we have not seen any advertisement or announcements of application deadlines, we wonder how they can be talking about candidates.

Again, they cannot discuss the job in general terms in a closed-door session.

So we hope the promised openness is coming soon.

While we hate to bring up the previous county administrator, we hope this council has learned from the mistakes that council made in that hire.

We hope.

The second item is Trinity Place. While we believe – and have stated many times – that the county was not being honest with us about the status of the project, we hope that that deception is behind us.

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