Out of sight AND out of mind


First, it was the decision by the Board of Supervisors to return to the Administrative Office Building which is hidden from view except for those traveling northbound on I-380.  Would the City of Cedar Rapids locate their City Hall in the same place?  Which company aside from Penford would locate their headquarters building in the same place?

Next, it was The Gazette Companies pulling their beat reporter from the County.  Although I didn’t appreciate some of the news stories about me, I think the public is still interested in how $120M of their money is being spent.

And yesterday, it was the realization after talking to a CR City Council member that the City and County (Supervisors) can’t seem to work together on anything of significance.  The County Sheriff and the CR Police Chief are teaming up on building a radio dispatch system with full interoperability; yet, we’re almost half way through the year and the Board and Council have not had one joint meeting.  I know, I know, they’re been meeting 1:1, 2:1, 3:2, 3:4 – it doesn’t matter.  No joint, binding decisions have been made at a public meeting.

Yes, I know the County is ahead of the City when measured by building construction in progress, but what are we going to do for an encore when all of the construction is complete?  Maybe all of the County electeds can stand on the streets of Mays Island and handout out Where is Waldo maps for the newly remodeled AOB … because that’s the one County building that’s still going to be hard to find when the construction dust clears.

We’ve been minimized!  We did it to ourselves.  And I don’t like it!

We’re out of sight and out of mind.

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