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Timing their criticism

Not surprisingly, a few members of the City Council criticized Mayor Tom Henry’s administration about the new $950,000 elevator expense at Citizens Square.

Council President Tom Smith, R-1st, asked whether the city bought a money pit and Councilman John Shoaff, D-at-large, questioned the role of the city’s Redevelopment Commission in such decisions.

The criticism was expected – the expense was just publicly announced – but its timing was somewhat odd in that it did not occur while Henry addressed the new council. Henry gave a few remarks to the council Tuesday and even took questions, yet not one member of the council raised the issue while he was in attendance.

Of course such direct questioning might have gone against the council’s effort to keep meetings more cordial – and short.