We’re blogging live from the town hall this evening. if a newsworthy event about Elk Landing or anything else breaks out, we’ll dash off a flash news piece for you. Once we get past the break news, we’ll then follow up with a more detailed piece.
We must say in watching the routine meeting thus far, we are impressed with the insightful, probing questions that Commissioner Givens asks of staff, citizens, and others presenting matters to the board. Designed to gain insight that allows the commissioners make informed decisions and validate statement, he does this in a very professional way. Of course, he’s a coach and a Vice-Principal so we suspect we’re seeing decades of well honed leadership as an educator facilitating his management skills. That’s not an anomaly either with Commissioner Givens since we’ve seen his helpful queries when other decisions have come before the board.
The last time we watched Mr. Givens run a meeting in the absence of Mayor Fisona, his professionalism also come through. What a difference that was in that it was conducted in an orderly, logical way. It reminded us of the 20-years of the administration of Mayor James Crouse. While you might disagree with Mayor Crouse on specific issues, he had a plan for the town, knew where he wanted to take the municipality, implemented his public policies and certainly ran efficient meetings. In recent decades he sat the gold standard for excellence in managing municipal Elkton government.
One has to only look at the recent decades of history of the municipal corporation to see how well it prospered during the Crouse administration. There’s nothing like knowing where you want to go and having a plan to get there. Just look at the tangled Elk Landing Web. I don’t believe anyone had a well-thought ot plan for that one and I wonder about many of the other issues I hear.