After reading the Feb. 10 guest commentary by Brett Garlick, "Critics accusations are unfounded," I've decided the public needs clarification. It is true that Mr. Draney ran for the office of city council and lost; the best man doesn't always win.
I didn't attend the Kaysville City Council meeting on Feb. 5, 2013, but I listened to the audio file of that meeting. No where in Mr. Draney's remarks did he accuse the council of illegal closed-door meetings, inappropriately increasing power rates, or scheming to use the sale of city property to build a new police station. He did present these matters as questions to the council in an attempt to gain a clear understanding. It is a fact, we "responsible" citizens do not know what goes on in the council's closed meetings, therefore we're unable to judge what negotiations to be "up in arms" about.
As I understand, any citizen can request a matter be adopted as an ordinance. Mr. Garlick exercised his right by suggesting an ordinance to "compel" the city's finance director to report the status of the power department's funds to the council. Doesn't Mr. Story already present this information each year in the annual budget meeting? If the city hadn't tapped into the electrical funds, would there be a deficit? Would we need a rate increase of nearly ten percent? I don't consider 10 percent a "small increase."
I agree with Mr. Garlick that monies taken from the electrical fund should be returned to the electrical fund. I also believe that if possible, they should be returned to the citizen as a rebate when and if the situation arises that there is more money than needed to run the electrical department.
As for accusations, Mr. Garlick's commentary was nothing but a series of unfounded accusations towards Mr. Draney. Concerning the police station, Kaysville care about our police. When the plan was presented for a new police station, our country was in an economic down-spiral. People were losing their jobs and their houses. The police station plan was too elaborate at that time. Consequently the citizens voted it down.
Walt W. Parrish