I received this email from Greg Helding dated today at 8:05 a.m. I thought I would share it with the readers and also my response on the items he listed. I do appreciate input from our leaders and at least we know that some are actually paying attention to the tax paying residents of Racine. It seems that the residents are getting attention on Jerome Blvd (Not sure why he thought I was spear heading anything. All I did was a community service and spread the word about the rally that Channel 12 was kind enough to notify viewers of)
I noticed that streetlights is a hot topic. I wanted to point out a few things for your consideration:
I know that Alderman Shields is suddenly the champion for streetlights. During the budget process, the decision to reduce the number of streetlights was made by the entire council, unanimously. Alderman Shields voted for the budget in committee and voted for final adoption, along with every other alderman. Furthermore, he made no attempts to amend the budget to save any streetlights at all. For him to go the other way now and say they can be saved is disingenuous. If, as you say, there are always was to keep the lights on, I suggest you ask Alderman Shields what they are. If he has some good ideas, he was keeping them under wraps during the budget process.
We did receive federal funds to upgrade streetlights. There are two kinds of streetlights in town. Some are owned by the city and some are owned by the electric company and leased by the city. The federal money, which has all been spent – mostly with RUUD electric, has upgraded most of the city owned street lights to LED and reduced our electric bill for those lights by quite a bit. With regard to the company-owned lights, we either lease one or not. I think We energies should upgrade them to LED lights and pass the savings on to the customer. However, I don’t run the company. The only way to reduce the costs of the company-owned lights is to reduce their numbers. So, when a block has 10 and most other blocks have 5 or less, taking 2 from them makes sense and is a good way to reduce costs.
I have noticed comments on your site about “woo woos” and “thugs,” which could be construed as racist and comments like “INDEED – The CITY OF RACINE IS GOING DARK IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE. Flee while you can,” which is plainly racist. I would suggest that this does not help your cause, especially when you are trying to enlist the help of an african american alderman.
Gregory T. Helding
Alderman of the 11th District
President of the Common Council
Vice-Chairman – Committee on Public Safety and Licensing
City of Racine, WI
My response to him this morning
It might be if that area isn’t being hit with crime.. Are you aware that on Jerome Blvd. there was an attempted burglary/home invasion on that very block and the person inside was a pregnant mom that was 8 months pregnant? There was a robbery just a few blocks away and the victim was with police at the end of Jerome by Christiano’s. I didn’t enlist the help of anyone for the street lights. I was made aware of the meeting Jerome by Channel 12 news. I as a resident agree, this is a serious situation in my eyes and needs to be addressed. I would contact the taxpaying residents on Jerome to get their input. I wouldn’t say that Mike is the champion of the street lights but he seems to be doing more than 98% of the alderman in this city. Actually I don’t think you know what a woo woo is.. It’s a hair extension! And thug isn’t racist at all just like a goon.. It’s geared towards a CRIMINAL… Doesn’t matter what race, creed, economic background, wanna break the law, you are a goon and a thug. It’s a shame that the city leaders didn’t push further with the street lights and WE Energies to have them upgraded. Like the residents stated at that meeting, they are willing to work with the city.. Are you the city willing to work with them? If you could point out the article where you think you read a racist comment please let me know and I will review it. Thanks and I’ll be letting everyone know your thoughts about this. Thanks again for your input!