Storms and staffing

Some of the residents living behind the shopping center have had flooding problems for quite a while. That needs to be resolved. Also, as the result of the recent severe storm, the city has offered to pick up limbs and branches that are put on the boulevard. That might be a mixed blessing, because all city departments are understaffed and overworked now.

When I contacted the water pollution department, they still close at 2:30 p.m., so branches can go on the boulevards only for leaves to fall off and grass to brown out before a few city workers have time to pick them up.

I think the additional one-quarter percent tax levy needs to go to the ballot again, but apparently it is too late to go in a special election, so it would have to wait until fall. Residents need to know exactly which services and which job positions would be restored. Apparently, everyone laid off is needed very much – it’s unfortunate a severe storm needs to remind us all of that. Most likely, most tree trimming has been contracted out – it would be a lot more inexpensive to have more city workers do at least some of the tree trimming.

I think local citizens are tired of the state cutting off more funding to city and county governments, and want to know what local and county government officials are doing collectively to stop, and even reverse, this situation.

Right now, we have an abundance of water, but local government needs to plan and take action for when we have drought conditions – not just artesian wells and the river, but to seriously consider the need for a reservoir like they have constructed in Fremont to improve water quality for the general public. Reverse osmosis is another possibility, like they have in Delaware, Ohio. Water quality is more important than we realize. We are still operating on 1940-something water quality standards.

Respectfully submitted,

Robert Holzhauser,