This is their chance, let’s hope they take it | IN OUR OPINION

The Bainbridge Island City Council will meet this weekend in the second retreat for the group this year.

Forgive us if we hold out hope that the gathering will result in meaningful change for this highly divided group.

The new council’s first retreat, in January, resulted in a few good ideas and what can only be viewed as an erstwhile attempt to clear the air among the seven members.

Some of the ideas raised then, such as putting council member blogs on the city’s website, have been carried out by staff but have lacked the necessary follow-up from the council members themselves. (Though the city’s website now hosts pages devoted to council member blogs, for example, not one of the council members have bothered to use the new system to share their views on important topics of the day, including Councilman Steve Bonkowski, who championed the idea.)

So let us hope that any ideas for improvement that emerge from this weekend don’t fall by the wayside in the weeks and months to come.

Let us also hope that the facilitators of the retreat from Strategic Government Resources will be able to bring the council to a greater understanding of how each member can work together — better yet, congenially cooperate — on issues for the betterment of the city.

And while we’re at it, let’s also hope for a miracle to come from this weekend’s retreat: that a true leader will emerge from the pack who can help bridge the divide and put an end to the nonproductive bickering and squabbling that’s become a hallmark of the council.

We can only hope.


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