Fleet Levy

A personal touch might do the trick

On the City Council horizon is a third try for emergency vehicles bond levy.

There's been discussion of hiring outside help to promote a levy. That's not necessarily a bad idea, but the city should not let it usurp an even better promotional plan that recently came down the pike: city employees, particularly public works, would go door to door to inform the public about the need to upgrade the vehicles that push away snow and lay down sand.

It seems like a lot to ask employees, but the uniqueness of it appeals in light of two failed bond requests for funding to upgrade the emergency vehicle fleet.

Accompanying the door-to-door idea is that of scheduling open houses for the public to see come and see the vehicles.

Face-to-face contact with the people who supply the service could be a highly persuasive method. With the failure of an aged 1982 grader this winter, it's beginning to look like the levy deserves support.

The city has yet to decide on a levy or its amount, but director of public works Mark Lago has suggested a five-year, $500,000 levy. A similar request failed by a wide margin in November 2000, but with the personal touch voters might change their minds next time around.

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