In my last column I did say correct me if I am wrong regarding the sewer line project at Spring Lake Park. As a matter fact I was wrong in saying that the project was a mess. I stand corrected. The comment did not come out as I had intended. I am not so enamored with my ego that I can't admit my mistakes.
To dispel the various comments I've heard about the project I decided to visit with LeRoy Schoon who was the one who called me on my error. I'm glad he did because now we can get the facts straight.
The project at Spring Lake was necessary and it involved much more than I was originally led to believe. As it turns out, the project alleviated many problems the area was having with the then current septic system and it added the benefit of sewer for RV campers at the park, which will definitely draw more people to Cherokee.
Basically, the project "killed two birds with one stone". It even made preparations for the eventual replacement of water lines to homes next to the park.
Mr. Schoon was gracious and kind enough to pull out the designs of the project to show me just what all was involved. I know my comments upset him and I definitely should have held my pen on the matter to get more information. It was not a direct attack to his company nor was it meant to be. He was very calm about the matter and acted in the most professional manner I've not seen for a long time.
Like I said I did not have all the information and didn't even realize that his company was the one that completed the project. And, as I was led to believe, it was not designed by our city administrator, it was designed by Kuehl-Payer out of Storm Lake. My mistake, I'm sorry.
It is my understanding that the system now in place is running beautifully and the city and the park have had no more sewer problems at the park.
I am not going to continue harping on the city council. The fact is, many people don't contact their council members because they feel that they don't act or even attempt to act on their concerns. I tend to feel the same way. I'm pretty sure by now, I, in particular, would get nowhere by calling my councilman.
If a person lives in Ward 1, which is the northwest side of Cherokee, it is not too late to submit a nomination petition to run for that open council seat. It is a simple matter of picking up the petition at city hall and getting 25 signatures from voting age citizens in Ward 1. Ward 1 includes every resident north of Main Street and West of North 2nd. The citizens of Ward 1 will get to vote for the council member of their choice. If you want to do the right thing for our community for the right reasons, don't delay and pick up a petition today.
One other thing. In my last column I referred to the many controversial comments and stories I've been told by local residents about our city administrator, Ron Strickland. In so many words, I said "it seems" he had a problem sometimes with the truth. Looking back, I think my words were too strong. I apologize to anyone who might have been offended.
I've happily admitted my mistake, now it's time for the Cherokee city council to admit their mistakes, correct them and move on. I will say no more on the matter. It is up the citizens of Cherokee now.