I stopped to check out Fire Station No.3 on Spring Creek last week. Non-pretentious, efficient, ideally located, constructed on time and under-budget, it represents how our politicians should solve some of our many problems in this troubled economy.
A group of citizens studied the response times from our then only Fire Station No.1 on south Uncompahgre. In both the fire and medical response worlds, minutes often mean the difference between life and death. The need was assessed and possible solutions were examined. Then came the crucial test-could we the taxpayers afford the solution, 2 new stations.
Jim Haugsness and I then made dozens of public presentations to educate those in the Fire District who would vote on the issue. The ballot question was finally passed in 2006 and today residents of the District have 2 additionally well-equipped and professionally-staffed Fire and Rescue sources for protection. Our citizens' group did the same thing for the successful Public Safety and Road & Bridge ballot issues in 2007. These 3 ballot issues were characterized by transparency and accountability. What a far cry from actions by our current local governments!
On a county level, personal egos seem to be the motivating factor in decision-making, if you recall the BOCC vs. Hospital litigation, especially the appeal. On a city level, just look at the money spent on 2 unnecessary roundabouts and the “bulb-outs” downtown.
While vital social services are being slashed and more people, especially children, are desperate for food and shelter, money continues to be wasted on non-essentials. Wake up folks. Your elected officials are not effectively serving you! The task may be difficult but if they were not up to it, why did they seek office? Get involved-it is your money and your community.
– John W. Nelson, Montrose