Councilman Castelli resigns in disgust

Bryon Garrison

Councilman Michael Castelli was one of the few independent voices on the council. He released a statement to the Big Bend Courier announcing his resignation.

Alpine has a long and very well documented history of poor management and financial irresponsibility. It seemed last summer that finally the window of opportunity had opened for some meaningful and lasting change. I was excited about the possibility of being a part of that process and willing to make the sacrifices necessary to see it to fruition.

Recent events prove that if that possibility for change ever existed, that opportunity is no longer probable.  At this point I can no longer justify the personal sacrifice this public office requires.

It is said that a rubber band can be stretched in quite a direction but once you let go it returns to its' original position. Alpine proves to be that rubber band.

After much contemplation I will consider my public service ended after completing one full year." 

Regards, 

Michael Castelli”

Alpine City Council

Ward Five

Castelli does not provide further detail about why he believes the window for making changes has closed, but it is clear that yet another civic- minded public servant has been forced out by the firmly entrenched, self serving elements at city hall who are leaching away the very lifeblood of this city for their own benefit.  

There is a price to be paid by the honest public servant who tries to repair a corrupt system and Castelli alluded to this in his letter. He had his views and not everyone agreed with him. He had been elected to office on a reform platform, as was Councilman Jim Fitzgerald. 

With his resignation, that leaves only Fitzgerald as the last independent voice on the council. It is not likely an independent will be  appointed to replace Castelli.

So far, the newly elected Cynthia Salas of Ward 2 has voted with the majority as she learns the ropes. The BBC looks forward to interviewing Salas for her views on correcting the problems at city hall.

It looks like an honest accounting from the city is not possible. The citizens of Alpine are left with the hope that the FBI investigation will result in a list of bad actors.

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