Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Bellevue?s big problem?

Is Bellevue's biggest problem vehicles?

I am a property owner in the city of Bellevue and when I read the article in the January 16 edition of your paper regarding Bellevue's Transportation Plan and the reported quote of City Administrator Tom Blanchard stating, "The Bellevue council has decided that the vehicles are our biggest problem," it gave me insight into why Bellevue is not progressing with the rest of the valley area.

Why did it take so long to plow the residential streets after our recent snows? The Fire Department is not even EMT-qualified let alone paramedic-certified. If you want to purchase clothing or a hardware item or other items needed normally by residents they must leave town to find them. Residents must add this transportation and time cost to these purchases.

It seems to me that vehicles are not Bellevue's biggest problem and that the city might consider improving the normal needs of all residents and property owners. The council and the city administrator might consider actually encouraging light-industrial and retail developments and not chase off those interested spending money in these areas. If this was done, perhaps the weathered "For Sale" signs would be replaced with new structures and businesses that would add local jobs, city income and vitality to Bellevue.

Lowell Thomas


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