I live in a small town of just 1,600 residents who have found it upon themselves to break off into two ideological camps of pro-business and pro-resident. But this probably describes any city that's small. Anyway, we had a terrible city manager who was so pro-business that he kind of messed things up alienating half the populace here and during an alleged series of personal faux pas, citizens (like me) rose up and got the guy fired. We were in such a hurry that we didn't take time in finding a proper replacement. In a move to get a new person we found a pro-resident guy that was just as ideological as the last guy but more messed up in the day to day workings at city hall. At least the last city manager understood this thing called budget. The new city manager and his key assistants all live hundreds of miles away and basically phone it in not realizing the delicate balance of a 1 square mile village. From the pressure of the 100 or so involved residents, like me, we are worse off and probably headed into the red like most local cities. It's not the fault of the city managers, or the city council, but with true fault falling on the vocal citizens (like me) that basically and traditionally have bent those civil servants every which way. It's a classic frying pan to fire scenario. What to do?