Friday, August 15, 2014

Let the voters decide

Mayor Beutler has decided to ask the City Council to place a $29.5 million dollar bond issue before the voters this fall, to fund replacement/modernization of our public safety 911 radio system, and the first phase of the fire station optimization plan.

I've described the fire station plan, and the joint police /fire station in previous posts, and next week, I will explain the radio system issue we need to deal with.

The dollar amount of this proposed bond issue is nothing to snarf at, but to put this in perspective, it falls somewhere between the cost of an elementary school and a middle school, and Lincoln has one of each in the pipeline.

A public safety bond issue will let the voters decide whether they believe these projects are a worthwhile investment for Lincoln's future.


Average citizen said...

1) A have a professional colleague who use to work in your Radio shop. He quit because there was not enough work to keep him engaged and the daily morning meeting. During the morning meeting everyone took a turn going around the room and telling everyone what they were working on. My point with this is new radio system should not increase the staffing level in the radio shop.
2) I have lived in Lincoln for 40 years, Northeast, central Malone area, and now near 84th and Pioneers. While living in the Northeast and Malone areas I called the police a few times and I am very satisfied with their level of service. I dealt with larcenies from my autos, attempted burglaries, panhandlers, homeless, and that crazy hot headed neighbor across the street. I always felt safe while I witnessed police foot pursuits from my front porch and heard about the convenience store being robbed up the street. Living the last 10 years near 84th and Pioneers I have not even come remotely close to needing police services. I live 1.5 miles from the closest Fire Station and I call that a good start. In the 40 years I have lived in Lincoln I have not needed the services of LFR once. Living 4 blocks from 1801 Q street I was constantly bombarded with the noise pollution from the Fire Truck air horns. As far as I am concern keep the Fire Stations away from me.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like Average Citizen 7:58 AM is a NO vote.

Anonymous said...

As far as I'm concerned, you can never have a fire station close enough to you... I live near Bethany Station 9. The few times I needed them (and the invincibility that some people feel are amazing), was the difference between the time of getting out my own fire extinguisher (-then having them arrive) and having a laundry room being gutted... laundry dryer lint builds up in the goofiest of places! Can't say enough about them!

One of the fondest memories of my childhood (I live in my childhood home) was in the middle of the night, hearing the fire engine from station 9 scream down Cotner. Back then they had mechanical Q Sirens as opposed to the electronic Q (so those sirens would scream!) - hearing it made me think that someone needed help but help was on the way...

The folks at LFR (and LPD for that matter) have our backs - they are a great bunch of people! We are so lucky to live in a city like Lincoln. When I look at some of the towns and cities back east where they have cut their police force down by 75% or the paid fire department had to become volunteer because of budget cuts, I can only feel the luckier.

Feel proud, Lincoln!

Anonymous said...

Ave 7:58
I too used to work at the Radio shop and know the person you speak of.
1) He has been gone for 12 or 13 years, so your info is VERY outdated. Technology changes rapidly.
2) There was more than enough work. He may have been unhappy, but that was his choice.

Anonymous said...

Why on earth does the police department of Lincoln, Nebraska require 20 assault rifles, 6 armored, 2 mine-resistant vehicles from the USA government?

This is indefensible. Its a black mark on your leadership.

Tom Casady said...


The only gear we have received from the military is 10 m-16 rifles a few years ago. We have never received nor sought night vision equipment, armored vehicles, mine-resistant vehicles, nor any other type of vehicle from the military. As the NY Times article notes, these data are for law enforcement agencies based in these counties, which in our case includes the Lancaster County Sheriff and Nebraska State Patrol, among others. Please direct your criticism at the proper unit of government.

And by the way, I make no apology for accepting the 10 M16s ( we've bought a lot more than that on our own.) police officers ought to have access to firepower similar to what they are likely to encounter on the street, and we encounter plenty of 5.56 and 7.62 mm rifles.

Steve said...

I don't mind spending money on police and fire protection if it is needed. My gripe is the mayor and his cronies threatening new taxes for a period of time, then deciding they aren't needed (a ploy to get votes), then putting a bond issue on the ballot. I guess, at least, they are letting the voters decide rather than cramming it down our throats with increased property taxes or sales taxes over which we have no say.

olderndirt said...

Totally off subject. I go thru the 56th and Van Dorn intersection at least twice a week, and ALWAYS do it with a right turn when southbound. Am I nuts or is someone failing to amend their report?

ARRRRG!!!! said...

You mean you don't have any of these hidden away in the armory?

Tom Casady said...


That is totally false. We do not have a single late 18th century maritime cannon. We may have accepted a surplus Portuguese blunderbuss or two a few centuries ago, but no cannon! These Internet rumors frustrate me.