Well, just one police officer - Sergeant Cannon. And I have to say, the car alone was overwhelming. Many thanks to Sargent Cannon for educating me on a multitude of responsibilities and issues related to the police work the Pepper Pike Police Department undertakes.
Although I'm an advocate for the need to be objective when it comes to being a council member faced with a multi-million dollar budget deficit, I've also been asking about how the reality of being in deficit is affecting our city personnel. And watching what has to be done and gets done, the way it gets done, and realizing how far ahead of the game we are when we invest in prevention rather than expend only in response to something that's already happened or happening...well, it deepens that deep sigh I keep exhaling even more.
Speaking of which, here are two more articles about how local governments are dealing with deficits - aka more articles that demonstrate just how not alone Pepper Pike is in trying to solve these nearly impossible equations:
Euclid lays off 10 police, 6 firefighters
Ashtabula stops snow plows for the weekend