Feb. 8, we attended the City Council Meeting. I
knew prior to this meeting that they would vote on and pass through the decision
to start the process of placing the new Fire Station and City Hall on the corner
of West and Hacienda. I was told by a reliable source that the Mayor had
informed them of this. We were told at a
previous meeting that we, the community, would be given a survey to get the
opinions of the community prior to this vote and yet we were not offered this
voice. In my opinion, this had been voiced many times prior to this time
by the majority of the community, but the majority of the City Council didn't
like the opinions of the community so they couldn't hear us.
City Council is elected to represent the community. Our Organizational
Chart clearly shows that the community is at the top of the chart, then the City
Council, then the City Manager. To watch the process of how this city is
being run would appear to have the City Council and the City Manager on equal
standing and above the community.
community is full of intelligent, successful individuals who clearly know what
is best for them and what is acceptable to them. By placing a combination
Fire Station / City Hall on West and Hacienda, we have further exacerbated
response times to the East and West sides of town. The Councils argument
is that it is only by a 3rd of a mile. Peak traffic times and any other delays
could make a significant difference even if it is by less than a mile. For
those of us who live on the East and West sides of this community, this is
unacceptable. For anyone who is in the midst of an emergency, whether it
is fire or medical, a few minutes can truly make the difference between survival
have been told to depend on
the City Council could hear the citizens of the community who elected them to
represent them, they would understand that we don't feel that a new City Hall is
an emergency. We do feel that we need a new Fire Station, but feel that it
can be downsized, and we could use some sub-stations in this city. To add
a City Hall to our Fire Station at this time is going to be costly, it is
unnecessary, and it is going to cost our community in taxes. The price
being quoted to us now is not going to be the end price of the undertaking.
It will go up.
community has spoken in many forms and the site we want our new Fire Station on
is it's current location. We don't need a new City Hall at this time.
Why does the City Council not hear this? Perhaps they have forgotten their
responsibility to this community.
were told at the Council Meeting on Feb. 8, that the expert the Council hired to
speak to us says it can't be done at it's current site. It seems to me
that every side and every opinion could find and hire an "expert" to
get up and present an argument in favor of whoever they represent. It can
be done at it's current site. Our Fire Station has existed there for many
years. We don't need large amounts of parking and again we don't need a
new City Hall at this time.