Focus on city services
As a citizen and taxpayer of the city of Little Rock, it is good to know that the city has plenty of money to cover all our basic services. The city is spending $175,950 with an out-ofstate consultant to write yet another report regarding the 30 Crossing project. This is after spending $125,770 for earlier work. That is $301,720 to divert any negative impact away from City Hall since the report that could have been written in-house instead comes from an out-of-state expert.
Since the Little Rock Police Department doesn’t need any new vehicles or additional funds for overtime, Public Works doesn’t need any new garbage trucks and all the potholes are gone, and all the other basic core services have no needs, it makes perfect sense that City Hall would spend our money to buy reports slanted to bolster its anti-30 Crossing agenda. Unfortunately, this represents a standard spending practice in Little Rock government — fluff and politics often have a higher priority than basic services.
The section of I-30 through North Little Rock and Little Rock is crowded and dangerous. Delays along that route cost a fortune in lost work time and late deliveries. The plans to replace the river bridge and rework frontage roads/ramps take very little additional right-of-way and don’t add anything that cuts off the areas to the east of downtown.
If Little Rock wants business and industry to locate in the city or stay in the city, City Hall needs to consider making it relatively safer and faster to get to those work sites. Choking the traffic flow will eventually force businesses to look elsewhere so that their customers/clients and employees can get to them. It is past time to get to work building the 30-Crossing project and well past time for Little Rock City Hall to focus on providing the basic services we need.