The second thing. Although the change in local regulations to match state regulations regarding employee and officials selling items to the city seemed at least to one letter writer a backwards move, I say this. We need business-minded people on the council; business-minded people run businesses. Sure there could always be a scenario where a group of employees conspired to rig a bid or do something unethical so that an employee or elected official with the city benefited from a sale, but what about when an official or employee actually has a genuine concern and is willing to sell something to the city at cost or at a tremendous discount because he doesn’t want the city to pay too much? I know first hand of some scenarios where the city could have saved money had they been allowed to do business with employees.
There are two sides to every story, and the last time I checked Boss Hog is not on the council or city payroll. Let’s be smart enough to realize that there are positive possibilities to this change. We should not do things that penalize a business person for serving on the council. In the long run, things like that could cost us far more than the fear of an abuse of a purchasing policy.