Today Is The Day

by Staff on November 8, 2011

in Local

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Today is the day that the citizens of Mitchell decided who they want to represent them for the next four years.

As this article is posted, it is 6:01 p.m. exactly. Voting has ended. The ballots are being counted.

It is my hope that the citizens of Mitchell have chosen to allow Mayor Dan Terrell and Clerk-Treasurer George James to continue the tremendous job that they have been doing for the last (almost) four years.

When Dan and George took over January 1, 2008, the City of Mitchell was a mess.

The City had some money, but no one knew where it was or how much it amounted to. A 2005 audit of the City by the State Board of Accounts found things way out of whack: internal controls were non-existent or ignored, accounts had been overdrawn, receipts were missing.

It was alleged that the then-Mayor had taken personal trips out-of-state and paid for various expenses with his City credit card. The current administration chose not to pursue those allegations, however.

The Terrell-James team is a great one. Prior to taken office, both promised transparency in government and gave me their word they would always allow me access to any information that I requested. Both were aware that I ran the Mitchell News website and agreed that it was in the best interest of the citizens of Mitchell to know as much as possible about how their government operates.

Since taking office, our current administration has truly brought Mitchell into a new era.

Under Mayor Terrell’s leadership, funds were acquired to drill new wells and provide clean water for Mitchell residents.

The Doc Hamilton Boulevard project, although it began under the previous administration, was completed while Mayor Terrell was in office — he finalized the details and saw it through to completion.

The aging and inefficient sewage system has been upgraded.

He “cleaned up” the police department and picked some great people to run it.

A new fire station has been built.

I’m quite confident when I say that most, if not all, of these projects would not have happened had Dan Terrell not been elected as the mayor of Mitchell.

Terrell has had to make tough decisions in his role as the leader of this community. Those decisions weren’t always popular with everyone, but he made them because they needed to be made.

That leadership earned him the respect of his peers. Fellow mayors chose him to be the President of the Southern Indiana Mayors Roundtable group. Mayor Terrell is also the President of the SOAR Adult Literacy Program and Chairman of the White River Port Authority.

I’ve known Dan since I was a small child. I’m certain that he remembers me before I was old enough to remember him. Like many members of my family, I consider Mayor Terrell a friend. Those who have been reading Mitchell News for the last few years, however, know that I can be extremely critical of him.

I even filed a complaint against him with the State of Indiana when he wouldn’t give me some information I wanted, even though it was in the best interest of Mitchell to not give it to me right then.

With all of that in consideration, I am 100% confident in Terrell’s ability to lead the City of Mitchell for another four years. I couldn’t cast my vote for him today because I have lived in Bloomington for many years now but, if I could, he would definitely have my vote.

It is my sincere hope that he has yours and that the residents of Mitchell have chosen him to continue to lead this community.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to catch the results. They’ll be posted on our Facebook page just as soon as I receive them.

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