Re: “Council censures Plantamura,” Seminole Beacon, July 17, by Tiffany Razzano Editor: It is important that we understand that the city manager model is the failure in Seminole. Twenty years ago the city went with the manager concept, and it is a failure.
We budget $250,000 annually for the office. That figure, times 20 years, equals $5 million dollars. That could have been invested in our city. Invested in improving our streets, sidewalks, city parks, lighting, and improved the quality of life here in Seminole.
That is just the office of city manager. The next two positions in this model, director of finance, and director of development, both cost us over six figures each annually. And on it goes. A failed model.
And this city manager leaving is time to ask the current Charter Revision Committee to suggest alternatives to the manager system. Such as a strong mayor/council. As this resident as a member of the previous Charter Revision Committee suggested years ago.
The one striking thing that jumps out at you when visiting our City Hall is the absence of elected folks. The current system leaves them out of the equation. There should always be elected people at City Hall to interact with our residents.
A mayor/council format would accomplish this. As all elected officials would then have responsibilities and committee assignments that would require their presence at City Hall often.
As for this spurious, and possible sexist, recent censure nonsense instigated by the guy who was never elected to the City Council, it is important that we recognize that Patricia Plantamura is to-date the recipient of the largest voter plurality. That year removing Thomas Barnhorn from the council. Then re-elected easily defeating Chris Burke, who was never elected to the council.
As for Bob Matthews, who had a similar situation when he was voted off the council, then appointed, he then tried to go after Seminole City Clerk Rose Benoit as well. As stated in a previous letter, let the manager go, and take Matthews with him.