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Greg Cowley October 18, 2013 at 11:25 am
Tom, while I agree with many of your comments, including the concept that candidates should serveRead More the City prior to seeking election, I would like to clarify my position on Public Safety (I will let Bill speak for himself). I believe that as elected officials that we have a fiscal duty to spend tax payer funds wisely, this means that considering ALL options to maintain or upgrade our services should be considered! Outsourcing dispatch to Farmington Hills (which you did not support) is a simple example of prudent spending of tax dollars while increasing service delivery. Your unwavering support for Public Safety is well documented, I too have supported ALL their initiatives in the past 2 years while on Council, however I believe that all options are on the table rather than raise tax's. The next 3 years will be very challenging to balance the budget and exploring additional shared services while increasing our service delivery rather than raise tax's is my goal. The business model that supported the City in the past is never coming back, therefor the service delivery model needs to be reviewed, Council representatives that indicate otherwise are doing a disservice to our citizens!
Tom Buck October 18, 2013 at 07:44 pm
Greg, you and I have always been able to have constructive disagreements on our council. YourRead More willingness to share your opinion and take a position is good for our city. Voters can decide whether they agree, and you and i can have honest discussion which ends in our votes on any issue after a well rounded discussion. I have always respected that. Oh and more often than not, we agree! Thank you!
David Martin November 1, 2013 at 12:24 pm
Greg Cowley, an honest request: You are an elected and probably soon to be re-elected publicRead More official representing our city. Whenever you post or write anything, it is filled with misspellings, pluralization by apostrophe, seemingly random capitalization of words which are not proper nouns, and other errors unbefitting a fifth grade public school student, much less a private school educated businessman and council member. Hint #1: it's "taxes", not "tax's". Please, get it together - you're making us look bad!
Hugh McDiarmid, Jr. May 31, 2013 at 02:35 pm
Nice perspective Tom.
Michael May 31, 2013 at 04:37 pm
Thanks Mayor Buck. Yes, that sign was a huge eyesore. I attended the Memorial Day parade and did notRead More notice it was gone amid the Grove St construction. When finished the area will be much the better.
Janet June 3, 2013 at 03:02 pm
It's been decades since I've been back to my hometown. Was this pylon sign on Grand River down aRead More block or so from Farmington Road, and next to where Federals Dept. Store once stood? (Anybody remember Federals?) Or was it near Grand River and Orchard Lake Rd., near the shopping center that once included Frank's Nursery? From the sounds of all the improvements, I doubt I'd recognize Farmington anymore!
Darren Whittaker June 9, 2012 at 07:37 pm
And yet we read, right here on the Patch, that the city is contemplating a substantial boost inRead More salary for the manager of the Civic theatre. This is in spite of the fact that his current salary is quite a bit higher than similar positions in the private sector. This announcement seems incredibly tone-deaf to the legitimate concerns of the taxpayers of Farmington, and flies in the face of all the talk about declining revenue and belt-tightening that we are hearing from our elected officials. Something's wrong here...
Phil Bator April 11, 2012 at 06:26 pm
http://ci.farmington.mi.us/Reference/Minutes/2010/CityCouncil/100621.pdf RESOLUTION 06-10-126Read More Motion by McShane, seconded by Wiggins, to authorize the purchase of a Plant CML Vesta Palas 911 System in the amount of $90,466 and to authorize the purchase of a Pallas PBX Administrative Digital Phone System in the amount of $33,078.30.
Phil Bator April 11, 2012 at 06:31 pm
Can someone tell me whats changed since last year when even Vince was skeptical:Read More http://ci.farmington.mi.us/Reference/Minutes/2010/CityCouncil/100301.pdf I found this on the Farmington website. Evidently it’s been going on since March of last year: "Pastue responded preliminary numbers suggest the savings may not be worth the change in service. He concurred with McShane that it is not an easy decision to make without knowing what the full impact on the community will be. Knol commented residents have raised the shared services question before and without something in writing from Farmington Hills she doesn’t have an answer for residents nor can she make an informed decision. Mayor Buck felt shared services with Farmington Hills may compromise service for the City of Farmington."
Pat Brown April 14, 2012 at 10:16 pm
We need to have local government local. It makes me sad to think that the center of town will beRead More closed at 4:30 and our police will have to drive to Farmington Hills to process an arrest. This only means that our services will be watered down. With so many empty stores in downtown we need our police here to meet the needs of our city. We have always had quick responses to our needs. Thank you Tom Buck for your view on this subject. A vote seems appropriate. Pat Brown long time Farmington resident
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