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11/2/2011 9:53:00 AM
Revolving door: yet another Dewey-Humboldt official resigns

Sue Tone

The chair of Dewey-Humboldt's Planning and Zoning Commission has resigned from his duties, citing the council's "extremely distasteful and unprofessional" procedure on Oct. 18 in terminating Dennis Price, former Community Development director.

Doyle Wiste has served on the P&Z Commission since D-H incorporated in 2004. He said in his resignation letter dated Oct. 25 that he returned from an out-of-town trip and was shocked to learn the council fired Price.

"After watching the video of the meeting, I found the procedure extremely distasteful and unprofessional," he stated in his letter, adding that his resignation comes with "deep sadness."

At the end of his letter, Wiste wrote, "I sincerely wish all of you well in your efforts to become a positive force for the good of our community."

Mayor Terry Nolan cancelled this Thursday's P&Z meeting. D-H Town Clerk Judy Morgan notified the commissioners and the town council of the cancellation on Monday by email.

She wrote, "As you all know, Dennis Price is no longer here and staff is very limited. Although I can develop and distribute the agenda, we have no one on staff to research and provide the materials for the agenda item(s). As I recall, Dennis was receiving the Commission's input on the sign code and was going to research and prepare some options for the changes requested at the last meeting. The status of that work is undetermined at this time. Please accept our apology for this inconvenience."

Reached at home yesterday, Wiste said what he viewed on the town video of the Oct. 18 meeting "made me sick." As a member and then chairman of the P&Z, he worked with Price on town codes and permits.

"I always thought he was trying to do the right thing. There were statements that he wasn't helpful for people coming in and trying to get building permits, that he was an obstacle or whatever. I couldn't believe that at all," Wiste said. "He went by the book. I think a person in his position had to be that."

At one point in the past, Wiste said he put a small addition on his shop, and had to go through all the permitting and requirements, some of which he didn't think was necessary.

"I went ahead and did them," he said. "I personally never talked to anybody who was mistreated."

He said he thought about his resignation for a few days and decided it was time for someone else to take over. Vice Chair Bob Bowman will head the next meeting scheduled for Dec. 8.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, November 3, 2011
Article comment by: David Nystrom, Dewey-Humboldt

The Town just lost one of its most valuable committee members. Mr. Wiste was always the calm voice of reason in many meetings throughout the years, especially when emotions were running high. He was always ready to offer a reasonable compromise to bring differing opinions together. His service to the Town will be missed.

Posted: Thursday, November 3, 2011
Article comment by: larry t

No one wants to be involved with this group. Doyle tried to get things done he take one step forward and four back. After awhile that concrete wall your hitting your head on gets harder. For years I asked Doyle why do you put up with this group. He would say I think we can make change. So much for change. One more voice of reason is gone from this dysfunctional town.

Posted: Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Article comment by: Chris Berry

Although I have the deepest respect for Mr. Wiste I don't believe that resigning in protest is ever the right thing to do. If you capitulate because you don't agree with something, don't make an effort to positively change the things you don't agree with, and stalk off in a huff, (read tantrum or ultimatum), then the opposition wins and you end up looking foolish. In addition, It serves no practical purpose other than to give the town another embarrassing black eye that it doesn't deserve, and it creates a setback to some of the positive projects the P & Z commission was working on. No one ever said that politics was pretty. Most of the time it's pretty close to about as opposite as you can get. When things aren't going the way you wish, there is no better time to get to work on affecting positive change. The town needs good, intelligent and compassionate people like Doyle and it's a shame to see him go in such a manner. I say enough of this childish "quitting in protest". If you don't like the way things are then get involved and get busy working to change them.

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