We live in an enviable neighborhood, in the north central heart of the city. We mark our days by the church bell tolls, and summon children home when the street lights turn on.
Yesterday, a community service officer helped my neighbor Donna track down a lost chicken she found wandering our street. No one raises chickens here. We’re just helpful like that.
We live in old, solid houses and, though our garages our detached, our residents are not.
The City of Appleton found that out this year when they announced that they would be closing the Erb Park Pool.
Even I was taken aback by this neighborhood’s passionate response. In a lovely example of how government can work, the city reversed its decision, listened to the specific requests of its citizens, and came up with an incredible design for a new pool.
We have a contested mayoral race this year, featuring 20-year incumbent Tim Hanna and his challenger, Josh Dukelow.
Naturally, we have a few specific questions for the candidates from our position here on the other side of Appleton.
1) What are your specific plans to work the ThedaCare to keep the Appleton Medical Center right where it has been since 1958?
2) How will you develop Wisconsin Avenue?
3) How will you allocate resources to address crime in Appleton, particularly stranger-on-stranger crime?
We’ve heard some vague references and one alarming idea of converting the hospital to a giant housing complex, but we’re very protective of this area and we’re hoping for more.
We’re lucky to live in this city and we know that. So, whatever happens on April 5th, we’d like to thank Mayor Hanna for his 20 years of service to the community. We’d also like to thank Josh for his eagerness to serve.
We like both candidates, but we’re going to vote for the one who offers the best specific plans for our neighborhood and the city it represents.