|Emergency response times in Salem - via Kailuweit for Council|
ALARMING GRAPHIC. The Salem Fire Dept. responded to 20,000 calls last year, mostly medical emergencies. But for many Salemites the average response time is over 6-8 min. If cardiac arrest patients receive help within 1-2 min. the survival rate is 90%, at 7 min. it is 30%. Let's support our firefighter and work toward reopening at least one of the two closed stations....But, you know, there's another way to read this evidence.
I believe Salem needs to add back the public safety positions that were cut during the recession. It’s not ok that parts of Salem have no adequate police coverage at times. This also means working towards re-opening the two closed fire stations.
|Development and growth on the car-dependent edges|
(from the May EOA-HNA slide deck)
|Age of water mains in Rockford, IL - vis Strong Towns|
This map depicts the age of water mains within Rockford’s water system, a rainbow radiating out from the banks of the Rock River that show the story of the city’s development. Those pretty pink and purple lines indicate pipes that were installed over a century ago, and in fact, there are 120 miles of pipe that were installed pre-WWII and have exceeded their useful life of 70 years. The City CIP indicates an additional $200M is needed, today, to replace those pipes (for perspective, the full 2015-2019 CIP totals only $139M). Public Works aims to replace 3-4 miles of pipe every year but a combination of unexpected breaks requiring emergency repair and deviation from the scheduled triage of replacement due to road work projects has led to only about one mile of pipe being replaced each year for the past decade.In transportation, in water and sewer, and perhaps also in emergency response, we don't take seriously enough the costs, including maintenance and replacement, to service new development on the edges of the city. Rather than building new infrastructure or overinvesting in trying to serve areas distant from more centrally located city sites, which is a costly and inefficient way to deliver city services and adds to future maintenance obligations, maybe we should focus on making sure new development is near existing infrastructure and existing service areas.
Back to Salem, there still also might be a point about equity here. Two red areas on the map are also mostly already built out according to the EOA-HNA map: the far southeast and the far northeast. It may be that there is a stronger argument for improved service levels here.
Even if we might come to some different conclusions here, the question is a reasonable one. This is good example the kinds of data-driven, substantive discussions we should want more of in Salem.
(Comments are open, but please keep discussion on the policy questions here, not on Kailuweit's fitness as a candidate or that of his opponent.)