We need to stop tiptoeing around, calling for town hall meetings to ask the residents what services are important to you? Come on they are all important to us asking what service you would like to keep? We would like to keep all of them. Under the Michigan state law we are guaranteed some services under the city charter we are guaranteed services. These services are Police, Fire, DPW, and Waste Removal. We would like to keep all of our services that would include the senior centers, but what would you like to give up to keep them?
That was the question that should have been asked if everyone wants to start being honest about the situation in the city. If the Mayor was to be honest with the seniors he should be asking them what would you like me to get rid of to keep the senior centers? Would you like me to stop plowing the streets when it snows, then you can not get to the senior centers, or the bank or your doctor appointments. Would you like to let the garbage pile up in the streets to keep the centers open. Do you want little Billy playing basket ball or do you want police patrolling our streets keeping them safe.. Why was the water department on the list of services that you as a resident could select as important to you. The water department is paid for from our water rates. The Library was another service that should not have been on that list the library has its own millage.
I am a realist and realistically we are going to have to give up something. We do not have much in services to cut from to begin with. I feel very bad for the seniors they do not deserve to have anything taken from them nor do the youth of the city. If things would have been looked at the way they should have more than a year ago there might be a way to do this without shutting down anything. One thing is for sure if there is any hope what so ever to keep the recreation department it can not be kept the way it is. There are going to have to be some changes maybe some buildings shut down and the services provided in those buildings moved some place else.