You guys sure are coming up with some great ideas! Those would really make SS look and be far better than what it is now.
I'm proud to say I'm from SS, that I grew up there & learned values and what's important in life.
For those of you that questioned, yes, I meant a windfall - a one time event of having an extra $20 million left over after all the bills were paid and all the rest of the budget had been accomplished and paid for. Gee, that sounds almost like science fiction, doesn't it?
I was glad to see that most folks went with the practical instead of something fanciful (for example a huge bash for SS with bands, etc....LOL).
I agree, the city streets need some repair and that lake improvement idea was fantastic! If they improved the lake properly, that would be a great place to start having festivals like the Dairy Festival and Hopkins County Fall Festival and so forth. If there were camping adjacent to the fest, then we might attract a bigger crowd that would spend even more. But that's just a dream at this point, I suppose.
What would be wrong with approaching the city with some of these ideas as sort of a poke in the right direction? Maybe start small and ask them to appropriate some funds in the next budget year to fix the 2 or 3 worst streets? It's your city, your tax money (ok, mine too since I'm paying property taxes there) and you should have a voice in city activities. It might take a petition drive even to get their attention even more....but how hard could that be? Start in your neighborhood, then your church and I'd bet before you knew it, you'd have a few hundred signatures supporting spending some city dollars in repairing those city streets. The more signatures, the more weight you'd carry when you present this, or any, idea to the city council. They want to know, the need to know, what the citizens of the city need. And safe city streets are something tangible, something you can hang your hat on. If its done correctly, then the job would last a long time, not just a year or two.
Someone stated that pretty much already - the city management needs to know - and voting them in isn't just the only way to communicate with them. It should be an affirmation of what you think of how they've accomplished the betterment of SS. And they don't have all the answers - and that's where the citizens come in - it's their civic responsibility to step and voice their opinions.
Thanks for all the great input people!