OPINION

LETTER: Let's set some things in context

Staff Writer
Woodford Times

To set The Past Board’s achievements, and those particular of John Ford’s in context, I would first like to outline the remarkable range of accomplishments they have realized together over the 21 years that I have lived in this family-friendly community.

Saved funds each year to rebuild Fandel Road-all without raising our taxes.

Flags on Rt.116

Parks and equipment

Curbside Recycling

Help in development of Jubilee Center

Worked with developers of Coventry Farms and Fandel Farms Subdivisions

The past board members brought forth their vision and desire to diversify, with a focus on adding a wide variety of family-friendly businesses to the community living we all came to this area for. They were able to do this for many years while maintaining fiscal responsibility by not increasing our taxes. They repeatedly proved to us living in this community that they held the strong family values that mirrored those of most of the constituents in the community they served.  

The past board which Included John Ford had a common-sense approach and drive needed to make differences in the future of our community. They represented the people of this village honorably and ensured that our voice was being heard.  

In contrast to the past board meetings, while at a recent village board meeting I was able to voice village constituents’ mounting concern of safety in this community related to speeding. When inquiring of the data collection process that drove this board’s decision-making and improvement initiatives toward this concern, I received the following very stern response, “data wasn’t needed or important, and that data wouldn’t do any good to stop speeding.” 

I explained to Mr. Ken Slater, Chairman of the Police Committee, that I felt objective data is important in any decision making process, and that it should be aligned to the village board overall strategic objectives-in this case, increase safety by decreasing speeding. 

I went on to say that I think that because of there being a poor process in place, or in some cases, proven deviances from the  processes in place, that that could be some of the root causes of today’s many recent village board’s issues.

In just one meeting, I was rather quickly able to assimilate a very important root cause of this village board’s problems: The voice of the customer, in this case, the village constituent was not listened to, and furthermore, a few particular board members dismissed the importance of objective data in making village board decisions. 

I found those board members philosophy of data not being important to be very disturbing, as those are the people making financial decisions with our tax money.

While there were a few board members who exhibited a lack of systematic approach to governing our Village, I was pleasantly surprised with those that actually understood the importance of a solid data driven process. 

Those village board members that voiced their understanding of the importance of listening to the voice of their constituents, and making decisions based on data-driven facts that are aligned to the Village objectives were:  John Ford and Mike Gaetz.

These two village board leaders, John Ford and Mike Gaetz, have exemplified their understanding of what is necessary to bring about improvements in our village by using a systematic approach to problem solving.

These two Village Board Members, John Ford and Mike Gaetz, have what is needed to make a difference in the future of our village.

Respectfully,

Kitty Cullett

Germantown Hills

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