Bruce Simonian’s guest column last week expressed the frustrations felt by most municipalities in the nation faced with shrinking public funds, continued community and economic hardships and the troubling voices of critics.
While I do not know Mr. Simonian or the detailed operations of IVGID, I have been a resident of Incline Village for ten years and believe that the IVGID board and staff have done an above average job of charting a positive course through these difficult times and a great deal of the vocal minority criticism is unwarranted.
That being said, the IVGID board needs to understand and accept that their financial situation is not going to improve much, if at all over the next few years; critics will continue to hammer on costs, policies and unseen demons and corruption.
Obviously from Mr. Simonian heart-felt comments, IVGID board members and staffs are burning out and may need to be replaced. While a painful reality, the changing of the guard can be a healthy process, and it is the communities’ responsibility to elect and appoint new, energized and committed officials.
Lastly, a word for IVGID employees whose “morale is at an all-time low.” Most people I come in contact with think you are doing a very good job and expect that you will continue to do so with the resources we can afford to give you. It is going to get harder, so be prepared to “suck it up or move on.” There are thousands of unemployed people in the area, especially veterans, who would line up by the thousands to fill vacancies.
Public service is extremely difficult and will not get better until the private sector recovers; we need our IVGID leaders and employees to help us through these difficult times with professionalism, dignity and courage.
J. Michael Gallagher