How NOT to Run Your Water Supply Like a Business
It doesn't matter how big or small the town, stories like that of Chicago suburb Crestwood, IL make us sad. An indictment filing this week implicates the former water department supervisor and the former operator in knowingly using a well contaminated with vinyl chloride and dichloroethylene for more than two decades. Though there is no definitive link, one study found that cancer rates in Crestwood are "significantly elevated."
This part of the story particularly caught our eye:
"Former Mayor Chester Stranczek, who led Crestwood for nearly 40 years and boasted that he ran the village of 11,000 like a business, is not mentioned by name in the federal indictment."
While we trust that justice will be served, running your community like a business means valuing the trust that your public, your customers place in you. Good honest work is the American Way, this is not.