A recent news flash was sent out by the Village of Morton Grove last week informing those who need to know that; “Morton Grove Fire Chief Tom Friel in now the acting Village administer.”
The question is…WHY?
We can only assume that after a tight midterm election, Village President Dan DiMaria is reacting to the sounds of discontentment with his administration and lack of progress in addressing the real needs of the residents.
Mr. DiMaria came into office with Big Ideas & Promises. Now, two years later there is little or nothing to show and it appears that DiMaria might need a scape goat for his increases in spending and the increases of staff at village hall.
What happened to “Moving Our Village Forward”?
If you tally, point by point, what has happened in Morton Grove since the DiMaria/Grear takeover of the Action Party you are hard pressed to find anything to be proud of.
*The Village bond rating went down;
Changing the horse that pulls the load you want carried is good, if the horse can’t pull, but Is changing the horse the answer in this case?
Don’t forget Mr. DiMaria was involved in selecting the last horse from the paddock.
Let’s look at the load this same replaced horse pulled with the previous driver of the wagon:
1. Completed 40 miles of repaving local streets
2. Brought McGrath Audi to Morton Grove (without an Economic Development Department)
3. Completed over 20 major badly overdue infrastructure improvements
4. Increased Village Bond rating
5. Reduced cost of Civic Center operation from $600,000 to under $200,000
Why is it that with Mr. DiMaria at the reins of the wagon, suddenly the horse can’t pull the load anymore.
Why is a reasonable question to ask.
Maybe the load currently being piled on the wagon is so heavy that no horse can pull it.
So Mr. DiMaria’s answer is to hook up a new horse that is already carrying a big load with the weight of the Fire Department and the Civic Center. That sounds like the most likely outcome will be to destroy a useful and productive horse that has served the folks of Morton Grove well and faithfully for many years.
Is it possible that the problem is not the horse pulling the wagon but the Jackass holding the reins?
Perhaps if Mr. DiMaria is looking for the reason for the failures over the past two years, he needs to look in the mirror.