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by Ted Hickman
Feb 16, 2005
I feel sorry for them!
Just think, one day you’re all happy and stuff. You’ve got your own little hide-away, nobody bothers you and no one’s breathing down your neck all day. And then all of a sudden someone gets the bright idea to expand city hall and your future looks glum knowing you will be under the direct watchful eye of city manager “Warden” Salmons. Such is the trauma facing the city’s engineering department. They will again become part of the city staff when the city hall expansion is complete I guess. With this in line city engineer Ron Tribbett decides to retire. Who could blame him?
Speaking of the engineer’s department I still say this city has two (one is Warden) of the best in their fields. I’ve seen a lot come and go and retiring Mr. Tribbett is one of the best. I was on the council back when he was first hired. He worked for Dixon for many years, left and then came back. He is one of the only city employees actually involved in the community and has always supported things like Dixon’s Toys for Tots and doing things like serving as President of the Dixon Rotary Club. Sorry to see you go Ron. Good job.
It’s just a shame that no one in the city’s engineering department apparently either has the education or experience to apply for the job. This means the HR director (whoever and wherever he is) will have to recruit from outside current employees. I think we all would really like to see people (who have enough sense to get qualified) promoted from within.
Thus ends my Mikey the Acorn like comments for this week. Oops I forgot to ad the second city sponsored Magma (race track) meeting saw half as many people (about 100) in attendance last Monday at the fairgrounds. One guy read a scathing review of Magna’s business practices around the world citing all kinds of bad stuff with “facts and figures.” I asked where he got his information and he said, “the internet.” Another NIMBY spokesperson gave the old “the council needs to decide this by referendum” spiel. Basically it was the same old-same old stuff. The handful of naysayers did their thing and a handful of others did theirs while the majority just sat and listened.
Hear the rumors about the Vice mayor?
Did you hear the rumors about VICE mayor Gilbert Vega and Mayor Mary Ann Corville when they were on their racetrack sponsored all expense paid trip to Florida? Neither did I but there must be some. We’ll never know exactly what happened will we? Remember they refuse to take a member of the public or press with them on any of these trips. Why you ask? I don’t know.
I shouldn’t keep bashing them (yes I should) because they care enough about the press and the public to arrange for a day bus trip to the bay area to see two old racetracks which have absolutely nothing in common with what’s being proposed here. Wanna go? Call city hall and reserve a space on the bus. Maybe they’ll play bingo or something on the all expense paid, hour long trip, by bus, to the bay area. Hey it’s only the best for the rest of us!
How do you thank people like this? Words just escape me. Yeal right! I have the words (like “where the sun don’t shine” and I don’t mean San Francisco) I just can’t use them here.
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