Peter Roscoe will join the Astoria City Council at a pivotal moment. The council is about to choose a city manager, and that is the biggest decision any city council makes. City government's operations and the town's progress depend upon the hired city manager.

The political and operational context of the search for a city manager was evident at last Monday night's council meeting. A citizen expressed his frustration that nothing has been done about the misplaced pump station on Skyline Avenue.

Roscoe commented to our reporter Sandra Swain that he'll be getting his feet wet with the Mitch Mitchum appeal. That actually will be more like a dive into the deep end of the pool.

This is an exciting moment, pregnant with opportunity, but city government must seize the moment. Astoria abounds with prospective development, but it is no secret that city government is not the main player that it used to be. From one end of the town to the other, possibilities cry out for attention.

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