Tuesday, January 13 | Submitted by
The past two years this column has focused on wellness in the month of January. However, 2009 is an exceptional economic time and the upcoming sales tax vote will determine the future fitness of our city, its core services, and the quality of life in Springfield. Most business owners only work with city departments on an intermittent basis and may not see the myriad of ways its staff and programs support economic development. If the sales tax is not approved in February, here are some potential impacts for Center City businesses: Police
The Community Oriented Policing program is a fundamental component of keeping urban areas safe and friendly. The current officers assigned to downtown and Commercial Street proactively prevent crime and deal with problem behaviors before they escalate. Maturing and emerging districts cannot afford to lose these services. Fire
The density of population and concentration of entertainment venues makes fire education and prevention a priority. Fire department staff works closely with developers to incorporate safety into the design and then educate restaurant and bar owners on how to avoid overcrowding. There are too many tragic examples of nightclub fires in other parts of the country when safety rules weren??