by William Skink
In response to a KPAX piece about city leaders looking “for further input on citizen survey”, Lead Based Saint had this to say on the Twitter (commas added):
Prioritizing, a basic function of municipal govt, takes a survey and an open house? How thick is the bubble around City Hall?
Instead of paying $24,000 for a stupid survey and now soliciting more feedback, City Council and the captain of our municipal ship, Sailor Engen, should do something simple: prioritize needs instead of wants.
Needs include everything the city of Missoula requires to function, and surprise, streets are definitely a need. When I see all those poor bastards lined up on Flynn Street hoping to take a left onto Mullan, I think some basic infrastructure needs are taking a back seat as the housing density creeps into the County.
And here are some things that are not a need: a play wave, a baseball stadium, and an art park.
If City Council would just start there–prioritizing needs over wants–I think there would be less citizen anger and less chances of committing municipal malfeasance, like the art park bill.
You don’t “need” an open house to understand that needs are not the same thing as wants.
And you don’t need to pay a dime for this valuable advice. I offer my consulting services for free.