|Consolidating police with Orono doesn't cease the budget cuts down the line. Cities need to find a new way to operate in financial times, and it can't be done with only cuts, nor is raising taxes.|
The conversations brought up here and in conversations we have with people nearly everyday highlight how ingrained the status quo is.
When the conversation turns to the speeds on Bartlett and the other highways boulevards most people think Mound just needs to put a police officer out there, or just post lower speed limit signs. With the reconstruction of these streets in the next few years, Mound, and it's neighborhoods, have an opportunity to put design changes that would slow things down, and save money. Instead of doing the same thing so Minnetrista residents can get to the office 15 seconds faster, the City of Mound needs to think differently.
|Highway Bartlett as it goes through the Shirley Hills neighborhood. Does this stroad (street/road hybrid) add any value to this neighborhood?|
City governments are in big financial trouble, and that is only going to continue. Mound can either experiment, and explore new ways of improving itself, or it can continue with Business as Usual.