I have been assured that the city council will move forward in directing staff to prepare alternative solutions for evaluation in regards to the issue of the fire department and public safety. This action will take place on Tuesday evening the 11th of December.
With that being said I think it would be appropriate for the council meeting of December 11, 2012 that fire department business from the public not be brought forward. The meeting of the 11th is a special meeting and is meant to celebrate 25 years of being a city and the swearing in of Cora Heiser and Joel Klink.
Although the city manager seems to think that it was not appropriate to even place an information item on the agenda for Tuesday the 11th about the fire department and public safety issues it seems that enough of our council do think it is important. Important enough that they will handle it in their own way on Tuesday night.
I think that the full court press has been implemented and somewhat effective and I think it is time to allow our council the space to do what I am told they will do and that is direct actions on the 11th to be completed by the end of January 2013.
It should be understood that much of the frustration that we a citizens have, and are feeling over the fire department issue, can be traced back to city staff and not necessarily our council.
Given these factors it is my intent to remain silent on the 11th of December in regards to the fire department and I hope that all of the public does the same and allows Cora, Joel, and the city to have a memorable evening that is devoid of possible heated comments.
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