by Robert McRoberts
October 04, 2004
I was born in a small town
in the hills of northern California. I go back down every few
years to visit family. It is really amazing how their fire department
is still driving 1950 style trucks and they're using them all
the time fighting forest fires and such. But here in Ketchikan
we only have the top of the line fire trucks and the most they
are used for is to haul water to Mountain Point water system.
How did we need a new ambulance to make one call a week to the
south end of town? How about the new pickups they keep buying
and saying we're broke?
As for the land trade, we are going broke. We can not be giving things away. Cash it out, get the money. Sure the Arts Center would be nice and if things were going good we could give. But for now I don't see anything wrong with using the schools for the shows. The schools need the money. Sell the property. It would make the best boat harbor - the pilings and parking lots are already there. Let's see, spend some money on a new dock for more cruise ships so the people who don't live here can take the monies and run. I think that our town is already over loaded when there are two ships in. To me we need to make it so we can handle what we've got before we push more tourists out on Tongass Ave. I saw 4 or 5 old people fall over sidewalks this summer. And I just go through town a few times a day. I almost hit more going across the street. Put in a overpass and close the street or something. I had a few ideas but that's for some other time.
We've got to quit waiting to sell the veneer plant. It's not going to happen. Let it go, get the monies, sell the machinery. I can not see a big business coming to town for the simple reason you'll treat them like you treat the small businesses - they are killing me. Personal property tax makes me a criminal. Well it is too early to go on, so that's all I will say today.
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