Thursday, June 28, 2007
Safe for Democracy?
The last lonely potholes in Amherst were filled yesterday—the DPW access road-- thus making the town safe for summer travel. But the brawny town manager cautions that the road ahead (FY08 starts July 1), because of lean budgets, could be a tad bumpy.
So perhaps if we have a bad winter and the DPW “snow and ice removal” budget is expended (as routinely occurs with even a moderate winter) they can just sit back and let Mother Nature bury the roads in white.
After all, they have to come up with something to show that the May 1’st Override failure will result in pain.
Maybe have the cops only respond to three-out-of-four 911 calls. Dispatch could deliver the message to the unlucky 4’th caller “Sorry but our emergency staff are all tied up, please call back later and maybe you will be the lucky winner.”
What the heck, most of the fire calls are false alarms. Responding to three-out-of-five should catch most of the real ones.
I suppose you could shut down Town Hall one day during the business week, but they pretty much do that anyway when the weather is nice. It’s called Friday.