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Good Plan, Good Effort
I am one of the 372 people who voted “yes” in the Wyoming bond issue on Aug. 27.
I wish to express my thanks to Mayor Eric Peterson for his great efforts on our behalf.
His long-term plan for street improvement and upkeep is a splendid one. His great efforts to jump-start that plan by issuing a bond to cover the “catch-up” upgrading of the older parts of the city were impressive. Again, many thanks for his personal commitment of time and effort on our behalf.
By setting money aside for continual improvement, none of the newer parts of the city will fall into such disrepair as those in Heritage Heights have.
It is unfortunate that the more than 500 “no” voters couldn’t see that we will be putting money aside for their future upkeep and that the degradation of any part of the city affects them.
My corner lot has 285 feet of street frontage and our one-block-long Finley Avenue north of Viking has not been resurfaced since 1977.
If we are assessed for replacement of streets our city has let fall into disrepair, they will benefit from that, also.
Eric Peterson appreciated all of these points and has worked very hard on the behalf of all the residents of Wyoming.
And so, again, many thanks, Mayor Eric Peterson.
Who Should Choose?
As many of you read in last week’s paper, Jeff Klein stepped down from his position on the City Council. While Mr. Klein and I haven’t always seen eye to eye on politics, I applaud his resolve to place his family first in making his decision to resign.
The matter of who will replace Mr. Klein appears to be the next great test of our leadership in this city. The mayor and city administration have already begun their campaign to appoint Mr. Klein’s successor, and you shouldn’t be fooled by the pomp and circumstance. The council is very unlikely to agree on a replacement, meaning that Mayor Johnson will happily pick one of his friends and big-government allies to appoint to the vacated seat.
I want everyone to remember that the mayor and Councilperson Young just voted to raise revenues (taxes) to the city by 12.4 percent at the last council meeting when they all of a sudden become outraged at the suggestion that the city spend 0.1 percent of the annual budget in holding a special election this year rather than wait for next year.
The decision that is before all of us is this: Is it better for our government to concentrate power in the hands of one person when there is no reason that the people couldn’t speak in such an important matter? Mayor Johnson, I call on you to have a special election in 2013 so that the people can choose the successor to Mr. Klein’s vacated seat.