57°F
weather icon Clear

City must move forward in unity

What Boulder City needs right now is a giant bandage.

Tuesday night’s City Council meeting put some finality to the saga of council members wanting to terminate the employment contracts for City Attorney Steve Morris and City Manager Al Noyola.

Terminating the two city officials was the right thing to do. After weeks of trying to accomplish these tasks, it became painfully obvious that there was no way the staff and council members could work together. The relationship between them had been deteriorating for months prior to this and several council members lost trust in the men’s ability to advise them and the city. Changes were necessary.

Regardless of how you feel about the now-former city attorney and city manager, the past few months of efforts to have them removed from their positions and the lawsuit that was filed have left a rift in the community that needs fixing. Hurtful words were hurled about and childish actions were taken.

There are still loose ends to tie up as the lawsuit Morris and Noyola filed against the city winds its way through the court system. And the battle is likely not over. I suspect others will follow after allegations of religious discrimination, harassment, bullying and creating a hostile work environment were made against the mayor, as well as the violation of the “safe harbor” period in Morris’ and Noyola’s contacts that prevented them from being fired six months before or after an election.

Upon his exit, Morris implied that additional court actions will be taken as he mentioned what he considered were violations of the open meeting law, breaches of his contract and the retaliatory nature of the termination.

There is also some question about whether or not Morris and Noyola will receive their severance packages. According to a legal expert we consulted, the contracts are “poorly written” and language is vague, as they could be terminated for cause or no cause and still receive severance pay. The stipulation that they would not receive the pay is if they voluntarily resigned, were convicted of a gross misdemeanor or felony, or if they violated a “material term” of the agreement, which is open to interpretation.

The official word from City Hall is that the decisions from Tuesday’s meeting and the contracts are being reviewed by a labor attorney to make that determination.

So, as best as we can, it’s time to move forward. For the benefit of the city, warring factions need to mend some fences and work toward a common goal.

There’s no need for infighting when the community as a whole, along with the rest of the county, state and nation, is battling a pandemic.

Hali Bernstein Saylor is editor of the Boulder City Review. She can be reached at hsaylor@bouldercityreview.com or at 702-586-9523. Follow @HalisComment on Twitter.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
THE LATEST
Devoted volunteer will be missed

The world lost a good man — and I lost a good friend — Friday when Gary Berger died from complications from COPD.

Don’t take people out of preservation

Historic preservation is great, right? I’ve been a longtime proponent, and most people I know are too. When I was mayor, my colleagues and I made promoting historic preservation one of the Boulder City’s top five priority goals in our 2020-2025 Strategic Plan. That was done with input and overwhelming support from our citizens. From there we developed an action plan, which continues to be polished and implemented.

Frivolous water use has devastating effects

Droughts have had a devastating effect throughout history. As soil dries up, cities die and civilizations collapse.

Papers’ role in community recognized

This week newspapers large and small across the country are celebrating National Newspaper Week.

Conservative growth preferred

One of the most consistent concerns a majority of Boulder City residents have expressed for decades is that our town maintain conservative growth. That conservative growth has benefited our residents in many ways.

City leaders need more pride in landscape maintenance

I have noticed that normal city maintenance has received less attention as the city continues to grow. In the past, the city took better care of problems associated with maintenance. The maintenance issue I see as critical are the trees along Adams Boulevard west of Buchanan Boulevard, as well as the trees north of Adams on Veterans Memorial Drive.

Luxury purchases support many workers

It appears that much higher taxes are on the horizon for corporations and wealthy individuals. “Tax the rich” is often proclaimed and, most recently, painted on a congresswoman’s dress.

Smart development key to sustainable future

I commend my friend and colleague Mayor (Kiernan) McManus for his comments in the Boulder City Review on Sept. 1 regarding his focus on conservation to best serve the residents of Boulder City. Together, our cities have a long-standing commitment to conservation and sustainability.

Solutions to nation’s woes just take action

What if you had solutions to a multitude of problems? Would you share what you knew or would you hesitate because the facts were contrary to the status quo?

Terrorists killed more than people

Sept. 11 changed us. And not necessarily for the better.