Photo: Bill Triick, Chamber of Commerce President waits for first Monroe Council Session for 2010 to begin.
Was it this letter from the Middletown Chamber President about being in favor of a rt 63 extension west or Bill Triick’s editorial supporting Suncoke in direct contradiction of Monroe Council’s position Against SunCoke which prompted a hasty vote last year to ‘kick the chamber out’ of Monroe.
I think it was more about SunCoke than the RT 63 extension as mentioned in this video: Monroe ReJoins the Chamber.
Suncoke is a higly emotional issue on both sides for many in Monroe. There was an all night “Choke Plant” prayer vigil promoted by Chris Snyder, Monroe School Board Member.Monroe Council even voted to have my Monroe Community Website link removed from the city website (along with other links). The Journal also had their links removed, is this why? On the other side, rally’s were held supporting Suncoke and Monroe Officials Responded.
Despite the noble attempts by Mayor Routson to allow full discussion on the SunCoke issue, at least one member of council did not listen. Council 2009 sent this message: ‘we aren’t listening or talking’. You don’t need to know what we are spending and doing about SunCoke, that is none of your business. To this day, no one really know just how much was spent on the Monroe Lawsuit Against Suncoke. Well, lets just say the last update was September 21, 2009.
Funny how things have changed in a year. This is a new year and a new council.
Gone is Councilman and Vice Mayor Steve Tannreuther and the Tannreuther dynasty in Monroe. Gone is an emboldened council tone.
The voters sent a message to council last fall. Anna Hale was the top vote getter and Todd Hickman beat Mayor Routson in total votes. I think the message was heard loud and clear.
As a result of the election, the ladies of Monroe council are more in control. In a surprise move to install one of their own, the women of Monroe council were united against Bob Kelley for Vice Mayor, instead choosing one of their own, Anna Hale. The deciding vote came from new council member Todd Hickman. History was made that day when Anna Hale became Vice Mayor.
Its a new year, with new opportunities and problems. I urge Monroe Council to look at the world from all points of view. You represent all the people of Monroe. Your action to re-instate the Chamber of Commerce is a step in the right direction.
Remember the oath you took last week.
*FYI, Monroe Mayor Routson supported the 63 extension, yet others were upset that the extension would upset the traffic flow in Monroe.