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Thursday, November 3, 2005
Blogus Interruptus, and Some Housekeeping
With apologies to the folks who were looking forward to my post on American Fork's final meet-the-(mayoral)-candidates event, I note that it was delayed due to technical difficulties and the aggressive intrusion of life beyond the blog (shall we call it LBB henceforth?). It has now been posted. Two other posts were also delayed; they will be added with their appropriate dates very shortly.
Meanwhile, four interesting bits and one correction:
I'm sure I'll have more to say later today, when I've had a chance to pick up and read a couple of local newspapers.
David Rodeback writes (11/5/2005):
I've been told that my first bullet point was impenetrable, so I have revised it. In the process, I added Juel Belmont's name; she also participates in Downtown American Fork, Inc.
Heidi Rodeback writes (11/5/2005):
According to Melanie Marsh, city administrator, the city has listed the planner's position in order to assure a smooth transition for Rod Despain when he retires. The new planner will be the department chair, and will be the voice representing staff at planning commission and city council meetings. Rod's hours will then drop to part-time status. Rod does not plan on retiring any time in the near future, but he did tell me, recently, that he's not getting any younger.
I raised the question with Melanie in a phone interview on October 28. I was worried that the city was letting Rod go due to philosophical differences. But Melanie told me this is not the case. "Rod has too much knowledge that we need to get tapped," she said. The city is critically dependent on him for his expertise in water shares and RDAs. The plan is to pull him back from the day-to-day planning (this part is easily delegated) so he can devote his time to these areas and arrange for a smooth transition when the time comes.
Still, I'm disappointed to see Rod go part-time. He is one of the best things American Fork has going for it. Encyclopedic and professorial, he is always my first stop when I need better light on a complex issue. Philosophically, he takes just the right angle on quality growth, using just the right box of planning tools to help American Fork embrace growth while maintaining its neighborly charm.
Copyright 2005 by David Rodeback.