We need a Livingston City Commission that works

Monday, October 21, 2019


Over the past year and a half, I have attended countless city and county meetings, becoming intimately familiar with the challenges the community faces. This election, I am voting for Melissa Nootz and Mel Friedman for City Commission because I want a commission that works.

Livingston is in the midst of unprecedented growth. At such a critical juncture, the city government needs to play a lead role in determining what the community wants its future to be.

Lately, the commission has been taking great steps toward that goal. The city is substantially updating its growth policy for the first time since 2004. The commission is taking time to work on a smart solution to the crossing, rather than ramrodding something through that might solve the problem now but could be obsolete in the near future wasting taxpayer dollars and goodwill.

Melissa and Mel may not always agree, but they both work to find places where their values align, rather than separate. They find common ground that works for Livingston.

Some of the people running for commission are more interested in fighting against the city rather than creating a functioning government. Being against everything is not a policy solution. Livingston does not have time to derail public process with distracting, and sometimes non-factual, arguments on Facebook or on The Enterprise opinion page. That’s not what’s important to most of us who live here.

There is a reason people are scared about growth, and it’s because we are not ready. People are afraid of losing the character of the town they love to developers and vacation rentals.

The city can play a lead role in helping us prepare, and helping the citizens lead the changes, if we have a commission ready and willing to work on our behalf.

Johnathan Hettinger