Traverse City Record-Eagle
— Consider part-time benefits
Now that pothole season is over and our streets are a mess, our Grand Traverse County residents are wondering when our roads will be fixed.
As we are told that money is tight, I think about a March 28 Record-Eagle article about road commission’s per diems. What jumps out at me is the last paragraph. Our “part-time” commission receives $5,500 per year, paid per diems, and they have paid health care and pensions. All this for a “part-time” board. I know from experience that they put in more hours, but ask any part-time employee, Burger King, Walmart, etc., if they would like full-time benefits, and they would say “Yes.”
I think it is time to consider all of our “part-time” public servants’ benefits. Our private sector employees have had much taken from them in recent years. I think it is time our “part-time” officials do the same. If my public school education is correct, I know where we can get some money to fix our roads.
A few negatives
I just got back from a 16-day, seven-state, 3,500-mile car trip south in search of spring. It was so nice to see that I was successful in chasing spring home to Traverse City. However, there were a few negative things I observed on my return.
First, I returned to the highest gasoline prices I had paid while traveling. Second, Traverse City has the worst city streets of any place I visited. And finally, I just drove through downtown and saw that there is apparent progress on improving the two to three minutes visitors spend “underground” while visiting Traverse City and using the pedestrian tunnel.