ABERDEEN, Wash. – The questions ranged from cars speeding down city streets, car prowls and thefts, to discarded needles last night at an Aberdeen ward meeting. Mayor Bill Simpson started by reading right from the wall at Stevens Elementary “I read this coming in ‘Respect each other, we are a family’ and that’s the way we are in this city. It’s going to take all of us to solve the problems. The police can’t do it all, the fire can’t do it all, we can’t do it all as the city, we all have to work together to make things happen. If you’ve got drug [problems] in your neighborhood, for god sakes call somebody, let them know.” About 30 residents and city staff attended the first of four meetings to discuss issues in the city.
Resident John Barclay asked Police Chief Bob Torgerson if his department has the resources they need to do their job “You know there’s a lot of funding streams, but there’s not a lot that go on year after year. Sales tax, B&O tax, those kind of things are the regular funding sources we have. The problem is that we have a lot of activities in the city that a lot of people like. We all like our parks, we all like our fire departments, police department, our streets, we like all of those things that we have as a city infrastructure.”