cur-mud-geon: anyone who hates hypocrisy and pretense and has the temerity to say so; anyone with the habit of pointing out unpleasant facts in an engaging and humorous manner
Bridges To Somewhere...
I asked Dave Schornack, Village Administrator, where we stood on the bridge completion dates for both the Lilac Lane bridge and the Freistadt Road bridge near Hwy 145/Fond du Lac Avenue.
I had noticed some concrete being poured in the Lilac Lane site and it seemed as though that project had been ongoing for some time since I use that route often. I hadn't the same feelings about Freistadt since I don't frequent that route as often.
Nothing like being selfish, is there?
Dave wrote back promptly to advise that both projects "are on track to be completed by the first week of October".
So, in about a month, we'll all be ooh-ing and ahh-ing over our new bridges.
Police Station Building Delays...
I understand that there is only so much money to go around within the Village of Germantown. I understand that I'm a bit of a 'scold' so far as spending goes, too.
But, I have had the opportunity to tour the Police Department facilities and know that there is a very real need.
I also know that the chief, the officers and the staff will make do with whatever they have, but it is going to be very much like a group of sardines minus the oil going forward. New radio/computer equipment is being forced on the department and there is virtually no room to accommodate that equipment and the people who operate it. I'm sure the Public Safety Committee is cognizant of this, as well, but my fear is that the squeaky wheel gets the grease...and the chief and his department aren't known for being whiners.
They'll get the job done no matter what, but it sure would be nice if they had a little larger facility. There is no opulence involved here. It is a relatively spartan environment without frills. Even with that, room to operate is critical. If 2009's budget can't accommodate this need, then let's be very certain that it gets done in 2010...and that it doesn't get short shrift over and over again.