By Matt Montgomery
Jim Crosby has spent his career managing such illustrious and growing cities as Norman and Yukon, but for the last year he has honed his sights in on Piedmont and tried to do his best at taking care of business.
“You always look back and wished you could’ve done something different but hopefully hindsight is 100 percent,” Crosby said. “It’s been a really good year and we’ve gone through a lot of changes.”
Crosby said when he first came there was a lot of controversy on the city council, and not taking a side one way or the other, he admits they disagree, but they are a very cohesive council.
“It’s not as hostile as it used to be. The Williams Contract was very controversial. We went through that and got that resolved,” he said. “Williams is a very community-oriented person but hopefully we can put that behind us in the future.”
Although the issue with the Williams Contract was early in Crosby’s time here in Piedmont, most recently there has been some tension between the Piedmont City Council and the Piedmont School Board, and that is yet to be 100 percent resolved.
“Hopefully we can sit down with the school board, the council, myself, sit down at a dinner and talk about the future and how we can work together,” he said. “Forget what’s happened in the past. You can change today and you can change tomorrow if you work towards it. I feel that both bodies are really interested in the community and want to see us progress and it’s been a little tough sledding. I think we can put that behind us and move forward.”
Crosby also noted that Piedmont faces a lot of challenges in the future, one of which being water problems.
He said during the summer there was a water shortage and Piedmont was buying more water from Oklahoma City than it needed to, but now all four wells are full.
Crosby said he hopes Piedmont can get the comprehensive plan moved along, which he said has been dragging a little bit.
He also said Piedmont has a bond issue that needs to get going.
Crosby is going to meet with the bond advisor next week.
He added that he plans to be in Piedmont for at least another four or five years, or as long as he’s allowed or able to stay as city manager.