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Friday, November 20, 2009

Aurora Alderman's Priority | Dogs or Taxpayers?



Aurora's 3rd Ward Alderman Stephanie Kifowit continues to push to spend taxpayer funds on a dog park for Phillips Park, which she says is "badly needed."

Plans included $2,000 benches shaped like dog bones and other waste of taxdollars during a time of fiscal constraint.

9th Ward Alderman Leroy Keith, a member of Aurora's Finance committee, even promised Kifowit would get an even larger dog park than she wanted when it was sent back to committee for review.

However, some city officials and taxpayers are wondering where their priorities are.

On Thursday evening, much of the Aurora Police Department was focused on trying to find a suspect from an attempted armed robbery, but in order to assist in the search for the suspect, they needed a police dog.

With Kane County's canine unit apparently unavailable, Aurora had to seek the assistance of a police dog from another distant suburb.

Aurora Police, part of the second largest city in Illinois, shouldn't have to wait for a police dog.

So, while Kifowit and Keith push to spend taxpayer funds on a dog park, the Aurora Police don't have their own dog for crime-fighting purposes.

Seems the priorities are backwards. What would you prefer and is more badly needed? Having your taxdollars fight crime or provide a playground for Kifowit's dog?

We urge Stephanie Kifowit and Leroy Keith to demonstrate fiscal responsibility and put taxpayers, not dogs, first.


29 comments:

Anonymous said...

Who says it has to be either/or? Both a dog park and police canine unit are badly needed. The dog park will serve thousands of citizens, providing both pets & people with a place to exercise and enjoy the outdoors. And a police dog would be very useful for drug enforcement, etc.

I vote "yes" to both!

Anonymous said...

Lets review.
- No Police Dog
- No Finger Print ability
- No Money
- No Development

- Retro active raises
- Shodeen Development
- Park
- 120+ Million Police Facility
- A Tank
- Alayne in Foreclosure

Priceless.

Great Job Mr. Mayor. Your Brilliant.

Anonymous said...

A police dog will not serve thousands of citizens. A 120 million police station ? C,mon guys get real. We don't serve you, you serve us. You're already overpaid and have an overtime candy store at your behest. You guys are spoiled and protected. The crime in this City is terrible.

Anonymous said...

The police dog is a hell of a better tool then some building or a tank.

Anonymous said...

I bet the dog park will get the approval as the aldermen and administration have been f----n the dog in this town for years.

Anonymous said...

The City of Aurora is in the business of Irish Bars.....and now they want to get in the business of dog fecal matter....puh-LEEZE.

Anonymous said...

Clearly, a canine unit for the police is more important because it fights crime and benefits all residents.

My personal view on the dog park idea is that there should be a fee to use it and make it pay for itself if it's so "badly needed" as Kifowit claims.

Anonymous said...

Maybe the tank should be parked in this dog park instead of the $2,000 benches.

Anonymous said...

8:15 so how is this possible. Over the years I have had 6 pet dogs. we have never been to a dog park. How did we do it? How did we survive?

If there is to be any dog park then it should be fee based. There is no reason all taxpayers should have to foot the bill for some snooty dog owners desire to have their dog play in the darn park.

A Dog lover

Anonymous said...

Clearly the misguided dreams of the misguided beaureaucrats all at the TAXPAYERS EXPENSE.

Anonymous said...

Canine unit to fight crime in a city where crime is the #1 problem is definitely more of a priority.

I don't think either Stephanie Kifowit or Leroy Keith understands the value of money.

Anonymous said...

Police dogs are worthless in Aurora. Union contract controls when they can and can't work. They don't work weekends when needed and they do not work nights so buy the dog park, it is better use of your money.

Anonymous said...

Wait a minute. Didn't we just layoff 36 city employees and are scheduled to lay of another 8. Why, because we are broke in these hard economic times. Now they want to turn around and start spending the money they are saving for a dog park or police dog? Have we gone totally insane?

Anonymous said...

Are they going to build bleachers so the spectators can watch the pit pull rip apart the poodle in comfort?

Anonymous said...

What happened to all the politicians with some common sense? I guess they went out the window with black and white TV's.

Anonymous said...

I thought crime is down significantly. huh? I guess the FBI stats aren't true?

Anonymous said...

Dont forget about the skate park that kifowit is spending. We dont need a skate park.

Anonymous said...

STUPID IS AS STUPID DOES.

Anonymous said...

What's more important: Dog waste or having enough salt to keep the streets in Aurora driveable ?

Anonymous said...

Maybe they can turn the toxic waste dump on South Broadway into a dog dump park.

Anonymous said...

Typical openline crap. Talk to the chief, the dogs cost more than they are effective.

beacon said...

AURORA -- With the national economy continuing to struggle, foreclosures have been on the rise as people find it more difficult to pay their monthly mortgage bills. It's an epidemic that has even affected Aurora city government's top attorney, Alayne Weingartz.

BAC Home Loans Servicing, formerly known as Countrywide Home Loans, has filed a complaint in Kane County Circuit Court, asking to foreclose on a West Side home owned by Weingartz and her husband. According to the complaint, the mortgage has not been paid on the home since March.

The total owed on the home is more than $325,000, plus interest and fees, according to court documents.

"Unfortunately, and like so many people in our area and across the country, my family has been affected by the harsh economic realities of this recession," Weingartz said in a written statement. "Due to various factors, my family experienced temporary financial difficulties which led to this situation.

"These factors have been rectified," she continued. "We are proceeding with an agreement and look forward to this situation being cleared in the near future."

Both Weingartz and Assistant Chief of Staff Carie Anne Ergo said the foreclosure will have no impact on Weingartz's role with the city.

As Aurora corporation counsel, Weingartz represents the city in court, offers legal advice and crafts ordinances for aldermen on city committees, and serves as the city's prosecutor in housing court, enforcing building and property code violations.

Anonymous said...

I'm sure that 1930's car will realy be more effective then a dog for the police.

Anonymous said...

Yes, the police dogs are very expensive and not terribly cost-effective. However, they do provide a few lucky Officers with an on the job pet, who needs to be petted who needs to play fetch. With their huge pension plan and over budget police station, what's a few more dollars for an on the job pet.

Anonymous said...

Police dogs are extremely useful in sniffing out & detecting drugs. Too bad they wouldn't be useful in Aurora, though--because we don't have a drug problem. Just ask 11:28 a.m.!

Anonymous said...

Aurora has a problem. A police department that keeps on asking for more and more. The citizens here aren't getting much for the enormous amount of money that are taken from them. What's next ? A request for a Police helicopter, to go along with 120 million Taj Mahal ? Perhaps, even a request for an increase in the Pension Plan ? Give me, give me, give me, because I'm entitled. Has John Dobran ever read a book on how to conduct a missing person's investigation ? I'm sorry but you folks are out of touch with reality.

Anonymous said...

Getting a Police Dog can fairly inexpensive. Outside donations can be made/solicited for the cost of buying/training. Vet and food's can be donated/comped.
Ask the last two Police Chief's why we don't have a dog---they don't want one. They say to borrow one from neighboring towns/cities. How sad for the 2nd largest drug/gang city in IL.
We don't need anything fancy for a dog park, just have one like on the West side. But, I would like to see some fenced in land for us to use. You have to buy a tag to use the dog park, so it is collecting fees for use.
To the imbeciles that run this blog--is Kifowit to blame for world hunger, war and everything else you can think of. What do the other Aldermen do? Seem's like nothing, you never hear about them.
You just seem to have a "gender" problem with Kifowit, because she speaks up and doesn't necessarily agree with you--DUH!
News for you--YOU ARE NOT GOD AND ALWAYS RIGHT!!!

Anonymous said...

The car in the lobby of the NEW APD was Chief Powell's dream and baby. He's gone, but we still get the car and the bill.

Anonymous said...

Funny that the post about this blog being run by Rick Lawrence and his biased views were deleted.