Editor: After two years serving with Mayor Kwasi Fraser in a minority position on the Purcellville Town Council, voters went to the polls in May 2016 to express their desire for continued change and allow us a platform to create meaningful change.
More importantly, voters said it was time for new council dynamics. The public had witnessed a hostile council that for two years attempted to marginalize new ideas, usurp the mayor’s authority, and took every opportunity to disparage us in the public sphere. The promise of delivering a positive way of doing business and reasonably handling the challenges that face the town prevailed with the 2016 election.
In the April 20 Loudoun Now edition, your editorial stated the current council needs to “move beyond the fruitless effort to lay blame” toward previous councils. It is necessary to acknowledge that we are limited by the enormous debt incurred by previous councils because we have to explain to the public why we can’t build them sidewalks, bike paths or parks, or improve road intersections they request. When a resident or business complains about their high water/sewer rates it is important to give background as to why they are charged those amounts.
The public has been clear to us about their values. They voted in those they felt would be more creative and find simpler solutions to our complex problems. The overwhelming majority of people in Purcellville are open to strategies and creativity in an effort to lower our tax burden and utility rates, as well as keeping our town unique and full of character.
On April 11 and 18, what the council did new was give the town manager his annual review as required in his employment agreement. During his decades long career, all seven members of a council have never completed his review at once, until this year. What should have been a routine process became perverted by innuendo and reckless rumors.
This council has challenged the status quo and engaged in constructive confrontation. We are determined to impose the people’s values with fundamental and strategic resolutions. Simply put, we will continue to repair the damage caused by a bad values agenda. This Council has devoted time and energy in pushing forward the people’s values and I feel confident in the direction Purcellville is headed.
Karen Jimmerson, Purcellville Vice Mayor