THE TIME FOR CHANGE IS NOW: TONIGHT 7PM CITY HALL…..W
ENCA MEETING TOMORROW
OK let’s get started. Most importantly I hope all of you and yours are well! It has been a while since I’ve written you, but rest assured we have been working with plenty of things shakin’. We began last month’s “kickoff” meeting with Scott Bochner of Sludge Stoppers. Scott explained the acute dumping and treatment problem we face right here in our surrounding waters. The very same water we sooo enjoy frolicking and surfing in. Go to Sludge Stoppers Task Force on Facebook for more information. As I said, we have working with City Manager Schnirman and Public Works Commissioner LaCarrubba on several fronts. I’m happy to say with some compromise on both sides we have a bathroom facility at the Georgia Spray Park. Thanks to all you folks who signed our petition presented to the City Council by WENCA Quality of Life Director Jerry Romanoff. Your support is necessary to bring about positive results. We are refurbishing the Oceanview planter boxes in a joint effort with the City’s Beach Maintenance Department. It’ll give a fresh, brighter look to our “boardwalk”. Also on tap is a program designed to ease the appearance of the many vacant storefronts we have. So you artists out there be ready, we’ll have more details in the very near future.
If you take a good look around you’ll notice some things are being done. Roadwork and repairs are ongoing, with Florida Street just completed (ahead of schedule). The bicycle path has been stenciled throughout the city for the forthcoming DecoBike program. Boardwalk maintenance crews are now working 7 days a week in an effort to meet the constant demand for repairs. Best of all… at NO OVERTIME due to revamped work schedules. Our street cleaners are out on a regular schedule as well as, the street sweeping truck. The Sanitation pickup schedule is being changed to rid Beech Street of late night garbage so it’s off the streets by 7am. This is a needed and welcome change.
With the summer season upon us, our scheduled guest speakers will be Police Commissioner Tangney and Chief of Lifeguards and Surf program Paul Gillespie. We know you have questions and concerns, so who better to get the answers from?
Please come out Wednesday, May 23rd @ 7pm. West End Community Center on Maryland Avenue.
I would be remiss not to mention that the second and FINAL hearing on the City Budget is TODAY (TUESDAY) at 7PM. Please attend. The City Manager and Council need to see and hear from the TAXPAYER. If all the seats are occupied by, and all the hoots an hollers come from, labor, it does NOT present a balanced view to the Manager and Council. They need our support/pressure to:
1. Address our runaway employee costs
2. Take permanent steps to right the ship
3. Not kick the can down the road
4. Not balance this budget by looking to the taxpayer to solve the problem
If you WANT your taxes to only ever go to employee costs AND NOT improving the infrastructure of your City, do nothing.
If you want to help get things moving in the right direction, SHOW UP AND SPEAK UP. Tell the Council that RAISING TAXES IS NOT THE ANSWER. CUTTING COSTS, WITH OR WITHOUT THE HELP OF THE UNIONS, IS THE ONLY ANSWER.
PLEASE EMAIL YOUR OFFICIALS NOW!!