Editor’s Note: On Jan. 27, Rick Dumiak submitted his written resignation to the city commissioners, effective immediately, as chair of Truth or Consequences Planning and Zoning Commission. At the city commissioner’s meeting that morning, Dumiak asked Manager Madrid to apologize for publicly accusing him of lying about the trash problem at Rotary Park, which Dumiak has been cleaning up almost daily since June. At the previous city commission meeting on Jan. 13, Madrid said of Dumiak’s public complaints about the lack of maintenance at the city-supervised park, “Just because I [meaning Dumiak] say something, doesn’t make it true.”
At the Jan. 27 commission meeting, Madrid declined to apologize for his defamatory remarks, even though Dumiak had later posted on his Facebook page photographs (reprinted in the Sun) of the trash he continued to find on his walks through the park. Madrid’s inability to admit and apologize for his wrongdoing prompted Dumiak’s resignation and submission to the Sun of the following explanation for his protest.
I submitted my resignation from the P&Z with regret. I wanted to serve our community and felt that, as a former general contractor and facilities director who regularly dealt with federal and agencies, as well as municipalities, my experience would be helpful. Even though several times my suggestions for P&Z agenda items were dismissed as not relevant, I continued to serve.
But I cannot and will not work with a city official who has falsely accused me of lying. When you have a city manager who shows so little concern for the integrity of his words and actions, what’s the point?
Mr. Madrid’s direct attack on my honesty has caused me considerable harm and public humiliation. His failure to apologize or even respond was the last straw, as it showed a clear lack of respect for me, as well as a lack of decency and professionalism.
I find it ironic that Mr. Madrid seems to forget the meaning and name of our town, Truth or Consequences. If one does not tell the truth, there needs to be consequences. It is my hope that the city commission will fully realize the seriousness of the city manager’s actions and act accordingly.
I was heartened that we at least have a city commissioner that stands up to our city manager’s lies and understands the city manager can’t write his own laws or ordinances. Thankfully, Commissioner Frances Luna called out Mr. Madrid’s desire to make his own rules up regarding smart-meter appeals at yesterday’s commission meeting. Thanks to her leadership, we now have an opt-out from having to take a smart meter.
But we need to look at the $50 proposed monthly manual meter-reading fee. In my opinion that is way too much to charge for a simple meter reading that could be easily and inexpensively obtained in a number of alternative ways.
Asking senior citizens to pay more to protect their health is very unfair. The city manager seems to think he is a medical expert, as he said yesterday the meters are safe. Well, I don’t trust anything that comes out of the city manager’s mouth. It was clear to see during yesterday’s commission meeting that Mr. Madrid has his own agenda and does not care about the residents. He is more concerned with his vision for a city center complex that we cannot afford or need.
How much did Wilson & Company charge the city for the city manager’s unapproved concept drawings for his new civic center on Fourth Street? Why did the city manager ignore due process and shut off Ron Fenn’s electricity during the middle of his appeal? Why did the city manager accuse me of lying to the city commission? Why does the city manager not respond to calls or emails? Why is Mr. Madrid still our city manager?
Charles Street, Truth or Consequences