Thursday, July 24, 2014

Letter to the editor of the Call, reference Ms. Flowere departure.

I think it should go without question that this "family member's" loss will be felt for some time to come in Crestwood.

We have lost not only a good and faithful servant of the people, but also a good friend to those who knew her well.

Now, who do we have in the wings that can step right in and take over her job without a hiccup ? The short answer is NO ONE !

A memo to the City Fathers, please remember the old Chinese proverb, "Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it." Now what do we do ?

I am not going to engage in reasons why she left, because we don't know the reasons, but I will say if this "bleeding" is fixable, we beat do it, and NOW !

One thing is for sure, she didn't leave for a higher salary (she took a pay cut to remain,) so it has to be another reason, so whatever that is, FIX IT before it's too late.

Tom Ford

NO. 3074

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

we lost our City clerk (Ms. Tina Flowers) yesterday, she resigned, why ?

While there is no official statement out as of yet that I have seen, we have in fact lost yet another very valuable employee.

I don't know the reasons behind this latest departure, but I do know that Crestwood will miss her expertise for some time to come !

Now who is in like to replace (very hard to do) her? As I said before there has been no official word out as of yet, so let's wait and see who the C/A has and more importantly, why.

I am beginning to think that there is something amiss at City Hall, were losing too many good employees and it's not a money issue, trust me.

What do you think is going on, and better yet, what would you do to fix it.

(Please remember, no personal attacks are allowed unless you sign your real name.)

Tom Ford

NO. 3073

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

The Call has issues with a couple of Crestwood officials, what do YOU think ?

"I see NOTHING,"

Well the honeymoon is over it would appear, so what is your opinion on the performance of the City with respect to the "Sunshine Law ?"

I will (for a change) hold mine except to answer a question (if there is one.)

Please remember that NO attacks will be allowed unless you sigh your real name. Those not doing it might as well save their manicure as I will delete it immediately.

Tom Ford

NO. 30772

Friday, July 04, 2014

Happy Birthday America !

Fellow "Crestwoodians," please let me take this moment to wish you all a very happy and safe Fourth of July.

Whatever your doing today may it be with good friends, and family, and please remember our young men and women who are still in harms way to preserve our freedom.

Tom Ford

NO. 3071

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Gas prices now a record 1290 days above $3.00 a gallon !

Well where are you going to go this weekend ? The gasoline pricing has gotten a bit out of hand, and some popular sports are seeing less and less participation due to it.

I have just returned from a trip to Syracuse, Indiana (Lake Wawasee) where the gas price for the boat was North of $5.00 per gallon, and car gas in some spots was $3.99.9 !

Now that the costs have become so high will you be staying closer to home ? I am thinking that many of us will be running fewer errands to the store, and combining our trips to cut costs.

I believe that this is a perfect time for the economic development commission and Mayor Roby to launch a "shop Crestwood First" campaign. The President believes that no crisis should ever be wasted, so why not use this one to boost the sales of Crestwood businesses ?

What do you think, and better yet, what would you suggest to the Mayor and EDC given the chance ?

Tom Ford

NO. 3070

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Dedication of the Flag at Father Dickson's Cemetery on Flag Day, June 14th. at 2:00 PM. Please come and join us.

The Cemetery now has it's Flag in place and thanks to the work of Crestwood resident Ken Hampton the base is adorned with red, white and blue flowers.

There will be a dedication ceremony on Saturday, June 14th at 2:00 PM when the new addition will be formally dedicated by Mayor Roby, Judge Charles Berry, and the Board Of Alderman. (Don't worry ALL of them will not be speaking.)

Please come out and join us for this historic event and plan to stay a while visiting American History right here in Crestwood.

Tom Ford

NO. 3069

Sunday, June 01, 2014

The funding has been secured and the new Flag pole and Flag have been installed at Father Dickson's Cemetery.

(Photo by Mr. John Frey.)

In the photo's above we see Ms. Jackie Stock, Tom Ford, and Ken Hampton at a fund raiser for the Father Dickson Cemetery Flag pole. I am happy to say that the fund raising was successful and we have secured the Pole and the Flag which now stands in it's rightful place at the entrance to the Cemetery.

There will be a dedication on Flag Day, June 14, 2014 at 2:00 PM which will feature the Mayor as the key note speaker. More will be available as to the program shortly, but pleas mark your calendar so you and your family can attend and tour the site afterwords.

Tom Ford

NO. 3068

Monday, May 26, 2014


Have a happy and safe Memorial Day, and when you leave your families function today, please take one last look back for those who no longer can.

Tom Ford

NO. 3067

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Come out and join us Sunday, May 25th at Father Dickson's cemetery, a great piece of American history is right here in Crestwood !

Did you know that we have a National treasure right here in Crestwood ? Did you know that three Civil War Veterans are interned here ? Did you know that there are Veterans from the Civil War, Spanish American War, WW 1 , WW 2, and Korea also interned here ? Did you know that it's right on Sappington Rd. just north of the Sappington House ?

My guess is that you did not, I didn't until our resident Crestwood Historian Ms. Jackie Stock introduced me to the man (and fellow Vietnam Veteran) Mr. Ernest Jordan, who is the President of the Cemetery.

We have formed an AD HOC committee consisting of Ms. Stock, Mr. Jordan, Mr. James Kinslow. Mr. Ken Hampton and myself to correct a small oversight on the grounds.

In all the years the Cemetery has been in existence there has been no American flag flown over it, so we have formed this group to raise funds to purchase, install and maintain a lighted Flag pole (and Flag) to be installed at the entrance of the property.

Would you please consider taking some of your weekend to join us at the Cemetery, tour the grounds, stop by and say hello, and if possible make a donation to "Friends of Father Dickson's Cemetery ?" We will all be there from 11:00 AM till 2:00 PM at which time small flags will be placed on the graves of ALL the Veterans interned there.

We look forward to seeing you there and having the opportunity to introduce you to a piece of history right here in Crestwood.

Tom Ford

NO. 3066

Saturday, May 17, 2014

The "big dig" on Spellman Ave. (or when do we do fill in the holes we made ?)

I don't know how many of you have had the dis-pleasure of driving on Spellman Ave. over the last Month but if you haven't please allow me to "fill in" the blanks for you.

Spellman Ave. is to be up-graded with new sidewalks, sewer pipe, water lines and resurfacing, or so the story goes.

What we have seen so far is our natural gas lines cut not once, but twice which required the full Fire Department to stand by while repairs were made. The street is a partially navigable path with ruts, holes, and cross cuts from side to side that will one day (if not filled in) cause an accident, flat tire, the need for front end alignment, axel break, or all of the above to any vehicle you may have in your driveway.

I have sent emails to the Aldermen in Ward Two requesting the Public Works Department come to the site and require the contractor to fill in the ruts and pot holes (dug by the contractor) with gravel to level them with the street. I know that it's not feasible for the contractor to asphalt them, but every time it rains, the earth settles a bit more, and the deeper the holes become.

Now, if you, like I am at a loss as to why the gravel can't (or won't) be spread in these man made holes, and your sick of the possibility of damage to your vehicle every time you leave home, will you please join me in contacting our Ward Two Alderman, the City Administrator, and Mayor Roby and ask (as have I) why in the name of all common sense this very minor repair can't be done, and SOON.

If you wish, I will make myself available to meet you at City Hall and we will take our concerns to them in person, but for the sake of all, let's get this done before it's too late !

Tom Ford

NO. 3065