One city united would be best for all
Several weeks back, Jess Utz wrote an article in The Star about the merging of Coulee Dam, Electric City and Grand Coulee into one town. I know this is a subject that has been brought up many times in the past, and it’s never gone anywhere for one reason or another. I am hoping that everyone will take a second look at the pros and cons of such a merging.
Each town has its finer points and also weaknesses in city governing than the next. By merging all of the towns to one, we could take all the finer points from each town and make this a beautiful area, and also make changes to improve the weaknesses of each. Same rules, same ordinances, improving this area for ourselves but also for the thousands of visitors that come to this area. One strong mayor, one strong police chief, one strong city council, all there for each and every one of us.
If you look at just the merging of the police departments, we would have 24/7 police coverage, by several police officers. The contract for the dam would definitely benefit us all, as was proof when Coulee Dam had the contract and in turn when they lost it to Grand Coulee. Now their department has less police officers (meaning less coverage for the town) and the revenue for them I’m sure took a nose dive. We would “all” benefit from just that aspect of a merge.
I suggest that we all put out thinking caps on and see what we can come up with to make this a reality. I believe this is the best scenario for our area, ONE CITY UNITED!
Becky L. Billups