People still believe the city council is shirking the responsibility
By Tom Calarco
It was a cold, snowy night and Loveland’s finest had braved winter’s gales to support the Loveland Farmers’ Market (LFM). The crowd spilled out into the lobby, and most of those who came signed my petition to keep the FM downtown. Seventeen or eighteen people spoke and all but two were in favor, very strongly and passionately in favor.
On the other side sat six councilmembers, the city manager, the city attorney, and the clerk of council. First up, as part of the agenda, was Tim Canada, owner of Bond Furniture, who spoke longer than anyone and provided an excellent history of the legal foundations of the market. Canada supports the market but wants it [pull_quote_left]People, some like myself who spoke from the heart without preparation and who still believe the city council is shirking the responsibility[/pull_quote_left]moved from the Jackson Street area. Then came the rest, the people, some like myself who spoke from the heart without preparation and who still believe the city council is shirking the responsibility they were entrusted with when we elected them – to serve the wishes of the people.
In a very calculated and disingenuous move, the Council had three comments read that were sent into them by people who didn’t have enough interest to come in person and deliver them. Of course, they all opposed the LFM, and all for personal petty reasons. From the sound of them, they neither go to the LFM nor understand its value. Listening to such ignorant comments by a large crowd that was probably 95 percent in favor of the LFM was insulting.
When it came to the Councilmembers’ comments, they acted stoically, and vice-mayor, Angie Settell, had the gall to say that the issue was now to be decided by the city manager Dave Kennedy and the LFM’s owner, Donna Bednar.
[pull_quote_left]Angie, didn’t you see the crowd, didn’t you hear their plea?[/pull_quote_left]Angie, didn’t you see the crowd, didn’t you hear their plea? Would you look so stoically at a drowning man shouting for help? No, Angie, stop passing the buck and putting the onus on Kennedy. There are lots of options. Let’s all get to work on them, and I’m talking about the City Council. You heard the people. You need to work with Dave to make this work. At the very least try – give it a one-year probationary period and see how it goes.
I can tell you one thing. If you don’t acquiesce, you have lost my respect because to get respect, you have to earn it, and to earn it, you need to respect others. You certainly didn’t show respect to those who came out into the cold and told you how you can do what you were elected to do – represent the wishes of the people. After all, we’re supposed to be living in a democracy. History shows that there are people who will try to subvert democracy to further their own ends. So the price of democracy is constant vigilance. I don’t know what or why you refuse to listen to the people. It certainly isn’t what democracy is supposed to be.
Tom Calarco is a resident of Historic Downtown Loveland