Sunday, March 06, 2016
The city is paying the price for decades of under investment in street and water infrastructure. Police department staff used streets as a defense for not knowing the city would need to spend another $500,000.
There is another option. The city can pay the vendor to write an interface to it's 1980's era technology. Council will take this up in their strategic planning session on Tuesday, March 8. I look forward to watching the event on the city's YouTube channel. It will be the first televised planning session since 2013.
Council members highlighted how the public needs to voice their concerns and priorities now for elected officials to take them into consideration. For the last two years Council was not open in their strategic planning deliberations. The 2014 planning session was held out of town, while the 2015 session occurred at Fort Concho. Neither were recorded for the public to view and weigh in on with their council representatives.
It would behoove the city to share their deliberations openly ff council truly wants public input and comment. It's been a two year wait. Those who watched the March 1 Council meeting received a "to be continued" notice on the surprise $500,000 fire department expenditure. Good news, it's only a week's wait away.
by PEU Report/State of the Division at 2:54 PM