An actual kudos to Grantville

Anyone reading a story starting with “Grantville City Council …” is just waiting for the punch line.

This is a council that tried to suspend its police chief for wearing his uniform – while on vacation – to meet with America’s Toughest Sheriff. It’s the same group that unanimously just fired its city manager. The revolving door of city employees leaving or being fired is unheard of.

Let’s not forget this is the same group that gets into shouting matches, experiences walkouts and just plain exhibits rudeness with each other. The same group where certain council members refuse to answer questions from their constituents. It’s the council that has played the race card.

And our favorite, the same council that passed a “civility” ordinance giving police officers the power to remove any citizen, council member or the mayor for stepping out of line during meetings.

We have enjoyed poking fun at Grantville’s elected official. It’s the proverbial “shooting fish in a barrel.” They bring it on themselves.

But, at the same time, credit should be given when it is due. And it is.

Grantville’s splash park has opened and it opened quite successfully. More than 300 people, from toddlers to seniors, attended the grand opening this past Saturday. So far, the park is averaging more than 200 people per day.

“It was great seeing just as many parents and grandparents as there were children having fun in the water,” Michelle Huffstickler, recreation director for Grantville, said in a story we wrote about the opening.

The splash park was not an easy sell. Over the years, some favored pushing through a skate park first. There was a lot of back and forth bickering and emotions flaring during the many council meetings on the splash park.

But it is now a reality. And the city, and yes, the council, should be proud of its park.

Council member Leonard Gomez made a very telling remark at the opening, saying, “When you are surrounded by goodwill and friendship, that’s how a community is supposed to be. I’ve lived in this community for 10 years and it’s the first time I’ve ever seen anything like that.”

Gomez may have figured out a way to bring a little more civility to regular council meetings, probably without even realizing it. We suggest all future Grantville City Council meetings be held at the splash park.

Just a thought.



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