The Hull City Council again discussed the idea recently of printing a quarterly newsletter that would be mailed out to its residents.
“I’ve been working on a couple of sample ideas for the newsletter,” said Councilwoman Paige Phillips. “And I was curious if we really wanted to do something the size of a full newsletter or more like a postcard?”
Mayor Paul Elkins asked about the price difference between the two options.
“What would the cost of a postcard be compared to a full newsletter?” he asked.
Phillips offered differing prices.
“The postcard would cost .29 cents per piece, whereas the newsletter would be .44 cents,” she said.
Elkins expressed his feelings on the choice.
“For that little of a difference, I feel like we should go with the full newsletter,” said Elkins. “A one-ounce package is going to get noticed a lot more, and the postcard will just get trumped.”
Phillips questioned the ability to fill a letter of such size.
“My only concern is whether or not we’ll have enough information to fill up the entire newsletter,” said Phillips. “As long as we have enough, I’m fine with that decision.”
Elkins listed numerous ideas to be included in the letter.
“I think we’re onto something good here,” he said.
“We can spotlight local businesses, provide bios on our council members, list historical facts about the city or even solicit ideas and stories from the Hull residents themselves!”
Elkins provided final thoughts and encouraging words regarding the New Year.
“2012 should be a year that we all get back to being friends, neighbors and partners in running the city,” said Elkins. “No one knows what this world or economy is going to do, so all we can do is hope and pray for the best to come around in this new year.”
In other matters, the surveying and staking of pins was once again tabled to a future date. The 2012 budget was unanimously approved by the council. The fire department stated that they would like the remaining 27 years of their lease to be extended to 99 years. Also, Mayor Elkins extended thanks to everyone who attended and assisted with the Hull tree lighting.
“We had approximately 125 people in attendance and it went extremely well despite the weather,” he said. “The Civic Club and various other individuals stepped in and donated all the refreshments for the community, and it was an overall great event.”
Well your suggestion is just so obvious and costs next to nothing in these lean times. Perhaps Hull's leaders should take inventory of their residents to see how many households are not technology receptive. If many are not, then the paper form would be in order. The thing is, why is it government's role to spend money, time and effort (no matter how little) on something volunteers could and should do? Madison County's Bicenntenial Commitee (all volunteers) organized and pulled off a year long county-wide celebration with $5,000 to spare for charity; no government money spent there. Lots of ideas would be nice, but, if we want smaller government (and less taxes), we need to steer away from the "niceties" that government could do; it starts an escalation of expectations that end up with public swimming pools and massive recreation facilities that most people may not use. If private enterprise can and will do it, let entrepreneurs run with the opportunities for profit and for adding taxes to the public coffers. People need to stop looking to government for things business or volunteers can do.