THE TOWN OF LINN STRUGGLE GOES ON
Chris Jones, Kathy Leith, and Chuck Roan are still where they are in the Town of Linn, and they are apparently not going anywhere. The embarrassment of their defeat in taking over the town was so overwhelming that it would have more than phased normal people. But not them. Chris and Kathy remain on the board as if nothing happened. Chuck put in his papers to take over the Town of Linn City Clerk position if he can. One of the resolutions they filed on that famous night in November was to increase the clerk’s positional pay up from $40,000 to $55,000. That resolution, which didn’t fit with the other township-ending nightmare resolutions, was submitted specifically so Chuck could be properly rewarded when he got the job of the town clerk.
Well, two very talented and fine women are running against this damaging man. Their names are Shelia Homola and Alyson Morris. Either of these women could step in and do the clerk job proud, especially given that they have Rose, the current clerk, there to give the winner some intense training when the election is over. Rose is that kind of woman and has been that kind of city clerk. She goes the extra mile and does the uncomfortable tasks when they need to be done. Chuck Roan’s election, if he were to win, would be a quiet and very deeply placed guerilla force, once again attempting to bring the Town of Linn under the yoke of Jones and Leith power. After the last performance of this cabal, of which Chuck is most definitely a part, it is hard to believe that an aroused and irate electorate would back him, but never forget that understanding the election process in Town of Linn is a lot more complex than it might appear. The ‘electors,’ who attend the annual town meeting, where rules can be created or gotten rid of (that one time a year), are residents and must meet a legal definition and have some proof in order to vote.
That’s not true in a general election, as will be coming up in 2021, the election in which both Alyson and Alyson are running.
What’s true in a general election is that registered voters and property owners get to vote, as well as residents who are also registered, voters. That’s a much larger collection of people and also, since many residential property owners are not around during the colder months of the year, they are not as well informed as those who remain in the general area of Town of Linn all year around. By looking at the people who signed the clerk petitions it is also fairly easy to see that the ‘farmer’ segment of the population of Linn, the minority in number but very large in importance when to comes to gross property ownership, has split down its center. Both Chuck Roan and Shelia Homola have many farm owners as signers, however many farm owners, particularly the big farm owners, have gone away from Chuck and over to Shelia (pronounced Sheila, by the way). The annual meeting and its consequence has not been missed by many of the farm owners, who pay much less in taxes to support the town then the residential property owners pay. Only recently was the number of truck trips allowed annually in Town of Linn raised from 10,000 trips to 20,000.
The ordinance modified to allow this also had a part in it that would have increased the amount the truck owners and operators would be charged to fix and build the roads they use. The county struck that part of the agreement down, so now this additional damage to the roads, the cost, will have to be absorbed by the residential property owners. There is a lot that needs to be fixed in Town of Linn, but primarily, the town must survive, must get through the virus and the effects of the society’s response to it, and recover its own economy. The best fortune of all is the very warm and comfortable place the town is in financially. Those big lush palaces over on Snake Road are invaluable at allowing the town to prosper, even during these times of trouble.