"COUNCILMAN ANDREW FLOCK WARD 1"
Seems in the last post "Recession What Recession?" Andy seems to have picked up a few critics. First off I must disclose that I consider Andy and his wife Marge, to be two of my best friends, these are good people.
What will be Andys legacy as a member of Painesville City Council? Well for one Andy answers inquires from all resident in the city, not just ward 1. He started holding "Town Hall Meetings" once a month because he felt most residents felt intimadated or were not being heard in 3 minutes at ciy hall, his meeting have better attendance then any city council meeting, people can ask questions and he will get them the answers in a timely manner from city hall. He explains his votes to anyone who asks, along taking their views into account.
Andys of all the council people was the only one of 7 that voted against the 3.9Charter Amendment, after consideration Ms. Becks also was against it. The vote? 82% of voters voted against the change, now were the other 5 council people in touch with the will of the voters? One person claimed there were more vote yes signs than actual votes for the charter change.
It appears to me that some on council view council as "ceremomial" position, come to a meeting twice a month vote "yes" hand out a plaque now in then and listen to afew complaints. The residents want more then that and expecting more.
Wait until someone in ward 1 figures it out and runs against him? Be careful of what you wish for The only people in the northend of town who dislike Andy are people that dispise others on council and the administration more than him.
Has Andy made mistakes? Sure he has, The sad thing is I believe he has lost trust in the present administration.
Please let me know of what you want out of your councilperson?