The following email was sent to all members of the Superior City Council on January 12, 2011:
RE:Â Fill the ballot initiative
I respectfully submit this request for consideration by the Superior City Council:
Before the official April spring ballot is set there will be an estimated 48 inches of unused ballot column space. Â Rather than go unused, this ballot space should be fully utilized and contain non-binding advisory questions to better help the City Council and our next Mayor in representing the needs and wants of the people of Superior.
I would like to request that the City Council set a committee of volunteers to handle questions submitted by the people of Superior and to choose from the pool of questions those that are most popular by number and those that are most beneficial to the City of Superior and to include them on the April 2011 ballot.Â It is noted, that in discussions with the City Clerk, this request is not expected to materially raise the cost of ballots, if any at all.
Thank you for your consideration,
In looking at the city expenditures in recent years, I would have to come to the conclusion that many of these projects are nothing more than our local government satisfying the â€˜squeaky wheelâ€™.Â Â Not only are many of these projects unnecessary, but many will not even be used by the vast majority of Superiorities.Â So why wouldnâ€™t the decision makers want to get the most input possible on how our money is being spent.
For example, I ask how do Superiorities benefit from the spending of $300,000 to renovate Center City Park?Â Iâ€™m assuming youâ€™re just like me, that weâ€™ll never use it and your saying to yourself â€œcome again, $300,000 for what?â€Â Maybe the $200,000 that was used just across the street will get your attention.Â It was given to a private company to refurbish the building into luxurious apartments.Â The list goes on and on and it equates to an increase in your property taxes.Â
Ballot initiatives are not a new idea, but it is something that, at the city level, only the city council can initiate (not the mayor) barring the use of direct legislation by the electors of the city.Â This is nothing more than another tool that could be used by local government to gauge the needs and wants of the people of Superior.Â I fully understand that any expenditure or project can have many different view points and reasoning, but rather than rely on 10 councilorâ€™s input and just a handful of people that show up at meetings, wouldnâ€™t it be better to get the most input from the most people possible?Â Non-binding advisory questions are the way to get that quantity of input.
I implore you to call or email your city councilor, even if you never have, and simply state â€œmy name is________ , I live in your district and I would like you to consider the filling the ballot initiative, thank you.â€Â
|Dan OlsonÂ Â Â||6001 Cumming Avenue||715-399-0189||Â Â Â 1stÂ||04/12|
|Tom Bridge||3808 East 3rd Street||218-391-4834||Â Â Â 2ndÂ||04/11|
|Warren BenderÂ||2428 Ogden Avenue||715-394-7453||Â Â Â 3rdÂ||04/12|
|Greg Mertzig||2229 E. 5th Street #A||715-441-1502||Â Â Â 4thÂ||04/11|
|Denise McDonald||705 3rd Avenue East||218-348-0986||Â Â Â 5thÂ||04/12|
|Chuck Hendry||1527 Grand Avenue||715-395-7753||Â Â Â 6thÂ||04/11|
|Bob Finsland||901 North 21st Street||715-392-4263||Â Â Â 7thÂ||04/12|
|Mike Herrick||2706 N 22nd Street||715-394-4560||Â Â Â 8thÂ||04/11|
|Mick MacKenzie||2353 Logan Avenue||715-392-9027||Â Â Â 9thÂ||04/12|
|Esther Dalbec||1019 Baxter Avenue||715-394-7981||Â Â Â 10thÂ||04/11|
Email addresses may be foundÂ here:Â http://www.ci.superior.wi.us/index.aspx?nid=209