This from Helen Marshall:
I think he has a point…
The ongoing critique and blame games concerning the problems within the City Engineering Department are troubling.
So far, most of the comments have been shallow and fail to recognize what may be the real problem. Much of the current situation may have originated when the ballpark project was begun.
At that time, the city engineer was tasked to head the ballpark efforts, a Herculean task which left him little time to fulfill his responsibilities of managing the department.
After completion of the ballpark, the engineer was offered a new job which did not allow him to repair any problems that may have developed while his attention was focused on the ballpark.
The other projects in the Engineering Department may have suffered from a lack of leadership at the top.
The people who generated this situation like former Mayor John Cook, former City Manager Joyce Wilson and former city Rep. Steve Ortega should have some responsibility for these failures.
The current city manager seems to understand this and seems to be doing a good job of minimizing the damage.