Cave Men, Inspections and other city stuff.....
I think this is a good example were more government is good a thing. As the city council tries to clean up the mess they made of Davenport’s environmental and rental inspection program, I offer some free advice. Take it for what it’s worth.
First, bring back the housing inspectors and strengthen the housing and environmental department. It’s probably better under Public Works then Community Development. But obviously the fire department can’t deal with it when they are the cities first responder to health and safety concerns.
Secondly, change the city ordinances that require the city to collect refuse for all properties of twelve units or less. Yah, this is expanding services but this will ensure a large number of rental properties in Davenport have containerized collection.
Thirdly, as part of the rental license, owners of buildings of twelve units or more must register what commercial hauler they utilize. This will allow the city to monitor if the problems are directed towards specific landlords or the haulers themselves.
Finally, let’s admit that government has a purpose. Cow towing to special interest like the Quad City Rental Association has not lead to a better community. There some things government should do. Let’s hope Alderman Shawn and Lynn take a step back from the libertarian stance that government is the enemy. We got stuff to do, so let’s get it done.
The Colonel gives condolences to Mayor Freemire and his family on the death of his mother. May the Good Lord embrace her soul!
Banning compassion is not great PR. May I suggest to Alderman Keith, that a moratorium on social services is not a well timed topic. Yah, I understand the concerns and frustrations of folks down there. May I suggest the council just votes down the request for waiver of the liens without much comment! The outcome benefits the surrounding neighbors and the council avoids the appearance of poorly groomed cavemen.
Have a great day….