To the editor:
Echoing Dave Shorett’s letter to the Review (April 20), I am appalled that our city council would turn down an opportunity to have a citizen’s advisory committee look into the need for a new police station and court house.
This project has moved from the sublime (asking them to continue to work out of their current quarters) to the ridiculous (converting an essentially new medical building), and is now in the $30 million range, excluding land acquisition.
Consultants, who are trained to deliver new buildings not keep old ones going, have earned thousands for their work, hopping around from one location to another, and still apparently ignorant of what the citizens would like to see and spend on this project.
The council has also confirmed they are not desirous of input from their electorate with this recent 3-2 no vote.
I ask that this be reconsidered, and we get citizens behind those closed doors to see what is going on, and what is truly needed. And it is all volunteer work that won’t cost a penny.