DUNKIRK: More unneeded delays in city

Inaction by Dunkirk Common Council in December led to one potential development director to withdraw their name in December. That person obviously did not want to deal with the politics or some of the hostility that has been evident in the last 15 months.

However, the most recent action of delaying the appointment of Jill Meaux by removing the interim title from the position is just one more example of micromanaging by the elected officials. On Tuesday, council decided to table any action. Most said they wanted to meet with Meaux before making any decisions.

“I want to see if we can table this until I get a better handle on some of this stuff,” Third Ward Councilman James Stoyle stated. “I want to meet with you … about some situations.”

What Stoyle is requesting is not out of line, but what is the agenda for these meetings? Meaux has been placed into a difficult situation since the departure of former Director Rebecca Wurster who took a county job. All things considered, she has handled herself quite well.

But this council never likes to make anything easy. Who knows if there is a bone to pick or they are searching for more insight from an employee seeking a promotion about the current administration?

In any case, the delay in the appointment appears to be one more power play by the council.


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