2009-08-15 / Editorials & Letters

Wells supports Baker for mayor


It seems our AWOL mayor has seen the light and has finally, although reluctantly, decided that Police Chief Ron Small must give up his moonlighting job on the village water project. In last week's Beacon, my letter detailed the issue and related problems associated with Chief Small's conflict of interest.

It's too bad that it took a call from the Licking County Planning office to convince Foster that the chief's side job was inappropriate due to restrictions on government funding. This is par for Foster … putting out fires in his administration instead of preventing them.

Of course, the fire's not out yet. Small won't give up his profits that easily. It's no surprise that he simply removed his personal trucks and called in the relatives. In my neighborhood, it's now his brother-in-law's truck with a different brother driving it. And, Chief Small in uniform continues to be on the job site consulting with his driver. Apparently, Small plays by a different set of rules than the rest of us.

The November elections can't get here soon enough for our village. We need a mayor that's "on the job" managing, supporting and encouraging all of our village employees. Basically, we need a mayor that will do his job! That's just not happening with Foster and hasn't for some time.

We have a good mayoral candidate in Rick Baker. He has owned his cottage in the village for years and has made a lot of creative improvements. Rick is a full-time resident and has been volunteering his time and expertise on the Village Planning Commission.

He served on Newark City Council for many years. If you lived in Newark as I did, you just knew who Rick Baker was. He's well respected and was rarely challenged in a primary or general election due to his effective nonpartisan approach.

What we DON'T need is another local contractor serving as mayor! Rick's business is banking, formerly in Newark and now in Lancaster. His finance experience will be a valuable asset for our struggling village. He's also well versed in the benefits and the pitfalls of development.

In Newark, Rick was always available, involved and accessible to the residents. He's an easy-going, down-to-earth regular guy that won't disappoint us. How do I know? I saw him in action for years and I liked what I saw. Peggy Wells Buckeye Lake

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