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Monday, May 13, 2013
There are at least two forms of city councils. One, the form Roanoke has chosen, calls for part-time council members who make policy, but depend upon a city manager to implement those policies. The other form calls for full-time council members who make policy and implement those policies.
If part-time council members do not earn enough money from their employment or businesses, perhaps Roanoke might consider the second form, and have council serve full-time. Roanoke would lose an excellent city manager but, then, the current city manager would make an equally excellent member of council, should he elect to run for office.
Instead of council members asking residents of Roanoke to bear the whole burden of increasing their part-time salaries, perhaps they can ask their employers and businesses to increase their salaries. Another thought: If appearing in parades and attending neighborhood meetings is burdensome, perhaps fee schedules can be arranged.
In any event, the commentary by Tommy Jordan (“An abuse of power,” May 9) published by The Roanoke Times should be part of the council’s agenda today and on RVTV3 for those who did not get the paper on May 9.
LARRY THOMAS BLACK