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Editorial: Standing pat best action on consolidation

September 20, 2012
The Alpena News

No action sometimes is the best action.

Such was the case Monday at Alpena Municipal Council, where a lack of a second killed a motion by Councilman Dave Karschnick to table consolidation discussions between the city and county for police services indefinitely.

Karschnick's motion followed a report given to council by interim Police Chief Joel Jett. He and Sheriff Steve Kieliszewski collaborated and researched various possibilities, but ultimately concluded consolidation at this time wouldn't benefit either entity.

Certainly Karschnick's motion followed the spirit and emotion of the moment.

But it would have created bad policy, and handcuffed future city officials who, as times change, might have a different opinion. Thankfully, the motion was all the further the suggestion went.

We agree with those who applauded the exercise that was done. Certainly it seems an honest evaluation to some tough questions that give pause to those who would have been impacted.

And who knows, perhaps consolidation never will be the right option between these two entities.

But we shouldn't mandate that be the case, as what had been suggested. Times change, circumstances change, and those involved at all levels need to be able to change as well.

Council made the right decision Monday by not closing the door completely on consolidation.

If the time is right for discussions again in the future, we'll know it.

Better yet, the officials at that time will be able to discuss and evaluate its merits without any handcuffs to the contrary.

 
 

 

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