Letter: Mound mayor writes about police agreement

To the Editor:

It’s time to address the rumors and fabrications regarding police services in Mound. These have been written by people who are not involved in the process and have no idea what is happening. There are very reasonable and common sense answers to the wild accusations you have been reading lately. But they are too long and complex to explain here. I have always put my faith in the people of Mound to look past rumors and innuendo and to reserve judgment for when they can get the facts. That faith is still alive.

One thing must be clearly understood. Our reasoning for looking at alternative ways of providing services to Mound citizens is to provide equal or enhanced services at a reduced cost. This is the one goal in our sights and anything else is pure conjecture. Employing this kind of cost cutting measure over the last several years is the only reason we have been able to roll back taxes to 2008 levels, even though costs continue to rise every year. Controlling costs and taxes is one of my primary jobs as well as that of the city council. My agenda is to keep taxes as low as possible but without reduction in services. Actually, public safety is priority one. If we can do this at a significantly lower cost, it will be high on my priority list.

We want to know what you think, but we first need to find out where this might be headed ourselves before we could hope to answer the public’s concerns or questions. Rest assured, we have the public interest, both financial and operational, in mind at all times.

We haven’t been pitching all kinds of information out because we didn’t have anything concrete to offer yet. It wouldn’t be proper for us to feed even more rumors by telling the public that we MIGHT do this, or we COULD do that, without any idea of what might actually be proposed. For the first time on Friday, I received a draft contract that can now be reviewed and discussed. After the city reviews it and offers some changes (I have several changes to discuss), we will be ready to have questions from the public. Only at that point can we have answers to your many questions.

There is going to be a forum for public input and questions on Thursday Aug. 16 at 7 p.m. in the city council chambers during the council meeting. Unlike the rumors spread around, it is being held on Thursday the 16 because the law does not allow us to hold a council meeting on the normal meeting night due to the primary elections. By law, it had to be rescheduled.

You are cordially invited to hear what we are proposing on Aug. 16 and to offer your thoughts. We are genuinely interested in what you have to say, but you need to know what is being proposed before forming an informed opinion.

I hope to see you on the 16th.

Respectfully,

Mark Hanus

Mayor of Mound

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