Recent decisions by the city of Montrose may bode well for the future.
Eliminating the $6,000 fee for street closure to be charged to Main in Motion and foregoing a $400,000 burdensome assessment to Russell Stover Candies for a median are both intelligent decisions mindful of our economic quagmire. With a newly constituted City Council, just maybe there can be a new way of thinking, including compromise, collaboration and teamwork rather than animosity and dissension. Hard decisions need to be made, based on zero-based budgeting and prioritizing. Montrose City government must be run like a business. Any government's first priority is public safety, namely, an adequately funded and efficient police department with proper funding for infrastructure being the second priority. All else then follows, in order of real need. With the police department being substantially underfunded and infrastructure suffering, the City Council and City Manager have their work cut out for them. With proper prioritizing and hard decisions, much can be accomplished in these challenging times. You, the taxpaying public must be part of the dialogue. Get involved!
– John W. Nelson, Montrose