The proof, they say, is in the pudding, and that’s my reaction to the Butler Township Trustees’ open letter to its residents published today.
I applaud the Trustees for saying the right things. It’s the first mature, responsible act I’ve seen from the Trustees as a collective body since before the absurdities of the past three months.
The Trustees apologize for “unprofessional behavior” and say they will have “civility, respect, and open dialogue” in future meetings.
Forgive me if I take a wait-and-see approach to that line.
Nothing I’ve seen since Trustee Joe Flanagan took office suggests civility or respect. In fact, his open disdain for fellow Trustee Mike Lang and his dismissiveness of the Township’s residents show just the opposite. To think that Flanagan, who has had the same reputation for a decade, has suddenly had a come to Jesus moment is laughable.
The next thing they will want us to believe is that after Monday’s meeting they will roast marshmallows, drink hot chocolate, and sing Kumbaya together.
It’s easy to write a letter declaring peace after the embarrassing headlines and politics of personal destruction that have occurred over the past three months. Flanagan, with Trustee Nick Brusky’s help, has created the current climate and clearly feel the need for damage control.
That’s certainly their right, and I hope for the residents’ sake we do see a new-found maturity on the Board, complete with civility and respect. The taxpayers who pay their salary deserve better than what they have seen thus far.
The Board’s actions have brought heightened scrutiny to all they do. Surely they know that.
I will be watching, and the residents of Butler Township should too.
Reach Darrell Wacker at 937-684-8983 or on Twitter @VandaliaDrummer.