Are you aware of the condition of the Kent City Police building? The longer we keep patching it up the more of our citizens' money we are wasting. The building is falling apart.
Issue 4 on the November ballot doesn't suggest options about if we replace the Police Department facility; it has to be replaced and it will be replaced. It becomes a question of how long do we want to put our money in a building that has outlived its useful life.
My Dad spent a lot of time in that building 55 years ago and changes had to be made then. Thirty years ago, I spent time there and fix-up projects were necessary, and there have been more makeovers since then.
There comes a time when another project won't respond to the need.
Optimistically, when we pass Issue 4 in November we are still at least two to three years away from a new, adequate building for the Police Department. We are wasting money every day that we postpone moving forward.
Do yourself a favor and join Bruce and me by voting "Yes" on Issue 4 in November.
Nancy Hansford, Kent
Nancy Hansford was mayor of Kent from 1982 through 1986. Her father, Redmond Greer, was mayor from 1960 through 1963.