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  • Our view: Eldon woes could be solved with a city administrator

  • The fallout from allegations surrounding the Eldon animal shelter has raised serious questions about what appear to be systemic problems in the town’s government.
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  • The fallout from allegations surrounding the Eldon animal shelter has raised serious questions about what appear to be systemic problems in the town’s government.
    There is no real oversight anywhere that can be discerned.
    Despite the mayor’s constant protestations that he can fill a city administrator’s shoes, he cannot. He obviously does not have the time or the management skills required.
    While the improvements at the facility were needed, they alone do not solve the problems.
    The animal shelter doesn’t have the management structure of a three-legged race. It is difficult to figure out who is really in charge, and no one has any answers to a growing problem of more strays than money. The mayor’s response to this and all problems centers on ‘looking into it.’
    Not enough. Not by a long shot.
    Taxpayers expect solutions from government. There are no solutions in play for any of Eldon’s many problems. There is only the well-known kicking of the well-known can down various Eldon-problem streets.
    Eldon has a failing infrastructure, a dissatisfied citizenry and a world of problems.
    One of those problems is a lack of management citywide. Aldermen need to get busy, hire an administrator and task that administrator with addressing a long list of serious issues that the board and mayor are obviously struggling to resolve.
     
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