Is Marengo (Ill.) City Hall sitting on the Mother Lode, or is the next gusher about to come in (and inside the city limits)?
Is Marengo really about to hire a new City Manager for $150,000/year?
Rumor has it that the gang at the City Council is offering the job at ten times the search fee paid to some out-of-town firm. What in the world could make the City Manager's job in a town of 8,000 worth $150,000? And how will the town ever afford such a salary? And then have to add benefits to it, which often run about 30% of salary!
Who are the people on the City Council who think so highly of such a job or even of such a candidate? Does a town (they call it a "city" over there) of 8,000 even need a City Manager?
Do the voters in the "city" really know what's going on? Or is it like in Woodstock and many other places, where the voters just shrug and believe they cannot have any impact of city hall.
Well, they can. YOU can. If you think it is absolutely foolish for a "city" of 8,000 to lay out $150,000/year for somebody to push a few papers around on his desk and try to look busy, then you'd better hotfoot it to all the future City Council meetings and give the City Council a big piece of your minds.
Details of meetings can be found at www.cityofmarengo.com