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Hold on to your wallets, taxpayers of Glencoe

To the Editor:
Hold on to your wallets, taxpayers of Glencoe.
Monday night, Sept. 19, the council approved paying Short Elliott Hendrickson (SEH) $71,600 for a pavement management survey and central storm sewer project study. The section of city included in this study includes the area north of Highway 212, east to Hennepin Avenue and west of Pryor Avenue. This study does not include pavement testing, pipe inspections and other important services. You can’t expect much for $71,600, but it does include the “evil” Minnesota State Statute 429 assessment draft roll. This is done so the city can charge assessments in this area, known as Project Area 2. Project Area 1 is the Lincoln Park, Armstrong Avenue and Baxter Avenue areas. Look at what happened in those areas: we have young families making $200 a month extra house payments and seniors just surviving.
The city has petitioned the Buffalo Creek Watershed to be the lead agency for this study. The watershed would assist us with flood control, storm water management, drainage and finding funding sources by determining benefits not only for the city, but also for the northern properties outside the city. It has a better record of solving water problems than we do. Doing this study before the watershed does it is like putting the cart in front of the horse.
We can eliminate Minnesota State Statute 429 like some other towns have done. We have to control spending on pork barrel projects. We must insist that departments cut 5 percent off their budgets. The general fund could get cut more because it is a bloated animal that is self-serving.
On Wednesday, Sept. 28, at 4 p.m., the council will have two hit people explaining the huge benefits of Statute 429. I say bah, humbug, to this plan. The meeting is held at the city hall, west room, first floor. Anybody interested in city finances and salvaging your wallet should attend. You can’t talk at the meeting, but you can clear your throat.
As always, talk to the mayor or your council person. If you don’t agree; remember, the city elections are just around the corner.
Allen Robeck
Glencoe City Council Member