Friday's Editorial

Citizens making a big splash in Grantville

Like many, we did a double-take after reading the story about the latest goings-on at the Grantville City Council.

A unanimous vote, cheered by citizens overfilling council chambers? This is not a typical Grantville council meeting. Where’s the backstabbing, the personal insults, the walk-outs, the delayed vote?

No, a unanimous council agreed to the wishes of its citizens, and the much-delayed splash park for the city will be a reality. A year of back and forth, delays, funding questions and personal attacks ended Monday. Council approved the low bid of Tom Moore Builder Inc., which proposed a 3,200-square-foot splash park for just under $152,000.

We salute Grantville’s council for finally approving the park and for finding the money to pay for it without going into debt. And we also applaud council for listening to its citizens. It is important to remember that we are a government “of the people and by the people.” Our federal government friends would do well to remember that sometime.

We were most impressed with the citizen participation in this endeavor. Eight-year-old Alexa Kwon, standing on a stepstool, got up to present her thoughts on the need for the park. We may very well have our first future female governor here. Adrienne Griffin presented more than 500 signatures advocating the water complex.

This is what government should be. Citizens rallying around a common cause, making their views known, and then having a governmental body that actually listens to its constituents’ opinions. Have we mentioned we hope our federal friends in Washington, D.C., remember this?

Councilman Johnny Cooks addressed that, asking citizens to get involved in other city issues.

“If we don’t take those 500 signatures and move forward with other things, we’re doing ourselves a disservice,” he said in the story penned by Times-Herald staff writer Rebecca Leftwich.

He’s absolutely right. Government is not government when citizens refuse to participate. Without citizen input, only the elected will govern. And we all know how well governments work when no one is watching them.

As Mayor Jim Sells said, “This is wonderful news for the entire community. I expect new business to come to town, add services, jobs, and revenue to relieve the residential taxpayer. Thanks to the council and all who worked to make this happen!”

Yes, thanks to the council and, more importantly, the citizens for their involvement in their city and government.



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