Saturday, November 15, 2008

Council And Commission Clash

This past week, Neighborhood Council 7 sent a letter to the City Commission requesting the downtown police officer be reassigned to that area. The letter went on to say that funds should be taken temporarily from other departments to support this.

Evidently, this recommendation didn't set too well with the Commission. Commissioner Bronson was not happy with the suggestion that "you just find the money from somebody else" without offering specific solutions.

Well, Commissioner Bronson, you better get used to it.

Rather than get into a tussle with the neighborhood council, who by the way, does answer to the neighbors and not the Commission, you should instead find a productive way to explain to the citizens why there isn't any more money for public safety.

Please explain how it happened that there was at least $2 million available to throw at a project the citizens weren't given an opportunity to vote on, but how now, the funds don't exist to cover a couple of police positions vacated due to deployments.


Anonymous said...

Commissioner Bronson might also explain why and how the police department continues to hemorrhage money to the animal shelter fiasco? It is a matter of priorities right M. Bronson?

Anonymous said...

Yes indeed. When will the police
management of the animal shelter END, so they can focus on
CORE tasks like protecting downtown, which the city 'claims' they want to re-vitalize, just
like increasing parking fees!

Anonymous said...

Speaking of the plant to no where..

"Southern Montana Electric's general manager, Tim Gregori, said he is confident banks will loan the cooperative money as construction advances.

"It is no longer a project in the permitting phase. It is now a project under construction," Gregori said.

Gregori added a claim heard frequently within the utility industry in recent weeks: Good projects can still get financing.

But Lasan Johong, a utility analyst at RBC Capital Markets, said the historic scope of the nation's economic troubles has thrown that adage into doubt.

"I've never had to worry about companies raising money because if there's a good project out there, money was always available," Johong said. "In this type of situation, I don't know for sure if that is true. We have to think about what happens if the mantra doesn't hold.""

Anonymous said...