Monday, March 18, 2013
Plusquellic: A mayor doing things right
Meanwhile, we learned from the 63-year-old Democratic mayor that his only agenda is to manage a city in a way to advance it each day.
Chosen by the Greater Akron Chamber, Plusquellic will be honored Tuesday night for his efforts in promoting economic development in the Akron area, a job that has not been the easiest through the darkest days of the recession and the conversion of the city from an industrial town to white-collar enterprises.
Much of that story will be told again Tuesday night when he is honored at the John S.Knight Center with the award bearing the name of the former major domo of First-Energy. Still, my best memory of his leadership is in somewthing that he didn't do. After his determined bid to field a minor league baseball team in downtown Akron in a new stadium, he refused to show up on opening night in April 1997. The new owners owed the city a lot of money, he said.
Some political gurus and townspeople thought he was foolishly wasting an opportunity to shine, but the mayor figured that could await the receipt of the cash to the city's coffers. And it did.
As with a lot of other things in his role at City Hall, he must have done something right to dash around this long. Congratulations, Mr.Mayor!