If the form of Danville city government is changed, residents will lose representation. That was the message of a meeting held by a group opposed to the change.
Speakers reminded the crowd at the American Legion that Danville’s current government was developed in 1987 to give equal representation to all parts of the city. Alderman Lloyd Randle said that the proposed city manager form would mean citizens would not vote for the person making the financial decisions
Five incumbent Danville aldermen spoke against the proposed change. They and other speakers said a city manager would not provide the same checks and balances that the system currently enjoys. Danville voters in November will decide whether the city should move to a city manager/Aldermanic government. Under that form the alderman would select the city manager, and the mayor would be a part time position.
Speakers at a forum said that Danville has problems, but they would not be solved by a city manager.
Alderman Steve Nichols said that he feels one of the reasons some people want to see change is that there have been so few mayors since the government was formed in 1987
The speakers said that a city manager would be too expensive and it would take away some of voters power.
A forum supporting the change also was held the same night. The crowd at the Palmer Arena heard from representatives from two Illinois cities that have been involved in the City manager form of Government.