“We need more government watchdogs like Gary Storke. He’s to be commended for his commitment to the public’s trust,” said a Whig editorial on Aug 14.
We concur with that editorial. Since Commissioner Jablonski and Mayor Fisona first started spearheading the drive to sell Program Open Space land at Elk Landing, we’ve closely watched the town board in action. Its very enlightening. Typically Commissioner Storke is the one to take on the tough issues that come before the board, especially if it is going to cost his constituents, the taxpayers, money. He’s not afraid to ask hard questions, try to pull facts out of all the noise that’s swirling around the meeting, and make challenging decisions that are for the larger public good.
We’d know much less about the Elk Landing deal if Commissioner Storke had not asked the questions that needed to be answered of Mayor Fisona, Commissioner Jablonski, and the developer. So many of these are obvious, such as what does this proposal do to future expansion of our sewer plant, what’s the logic of building a recreation center on a Brownfield and on it goes. Mostly no one has the answers for the commissioner. Mayor Fisona once commented to us that there was “no plan,” and on that assertion we believe he’s right. Someone must have just come along with an idea! and the town was ready to buy it
Commissioner Storke’s due diligence in looking out for the public is not something we see much of in local politicans these days.