A new year and a new and more forceful Chicopee City Council was on display during the full council meeting of Jan. 4. The evolving change in positive attitude under the leadership of the council president has been dramatic and refreshing, especially in the area of more fiscal responsibility,
The council is not being uncooperative with the mayor. Councilors are just doing their jobs within the framework of the city charter and code and in the best interest of their constituents.
Although parts of the city's charter need revision, the one part that does not is the check and balance it placed by creating a mayor/council form of government. Hopefully, the council will not have to pursue their authority to confirm appointments to building commissions through the courts at a cost to taxpayers in order to preserve this important check and balance.
The ball is in the mayor's court to return of cooperation through compromise on an issue that will create non-repairable damage between his office and the City Council for the rest of his tenure. That could guarantee the election of a new mayor in 2014 as voters find it easier to replace one person rather than 13.