I read with interest the article the Clintonville Tribune-Gazette recently published detailing Alderman Greg Rose’s responses to the recent recall effort that he has inspired.
In denying his actions have proven hostile to local businesses, he apparently overlooked the comments he made as a citizen at a recent common council meeting. He stated that the workers of local businesses are fearful to publicly oppose the positions of the business owners for “fear of retribution.”
As a local business owner for the past 25 years I can assure you that several of my employees have very different ideas about many things than I do. I would be shocked if any valued employee at any business would have to deal with retribution from their employer of any kind for expressing their views constructively and appropriately. All our businesses depend on these employees and you don’t threaten those on whom you depend.
He further states that the recall petitioner‘s assumptions about the city council’s actions against the city administrator are in error. Nothing is stated or implied on the recall petition about the administrator or the recent actions against her. The divisiveness he inspires is clearly evident in his remarks and again this has nothing to do with the city administrator. These remarks can be listened to directly at http://tinyurl.com/mxrpu3v
His understanding of fiduciary responsibility is a bit weak as the issue really is about the risk for huge costs the city could be exposed to by inexperienced legal counsel, not the few thousand dollars of salary savings he references. His primary concern should be to protect the city from financial risk which he has flagrantly disregarded.
He also has shown blatant disregard for the huge public outcry in opposition to his position on the city administrator but this issue wasn’t mentioned on the recall petition. I generally am not supportive of recall elections but in this case, the safety of our city is at sufficient risk that immediate corrective action is indicated.