To the Editor:
I believe City Council meetings should have a friendly atmosphere. From my experience, they do not. Everyone is on edge, and it seems they don't even acknowledge the residents that are in attendance. The staff didn't even look up at the Dec. 15 meeting and they looked as though they would like to be anywhere else. They are employees of Lake Elmo and should act like they enjoy what they do, or quit and get another job.
I was very happy with the results Maplewood electing two very competent new City Council Members, Bryan Smith and Tou Xiong. I am sure they will be a good addition. As usual, I am sorry we did not have a better turn out to vote, so if you didn’t vote don’t complain
I watched the Council meeting of Nov. 17. After this meeting I learned Lake Elmo has hired a parliamentarian. Did the residents have any knowledge of this “new” person and the money it is costing Lake Elmo? The mayor does not have any authority. By the way, I think he has done a fantastic job and has more patience than most people given most of the council members he has to work with. “
Fifty-nine percent of voters believe that the current annual budget of $10 million to $12 million is sufficient. The system is seriously flawed. The correction needs to start by reinstituting discipline. Additional classroom funding should come from slashing the glut of administration, whose focus is on socialization not education.