It’s the first week of spring. Time for the city’s government to start thinking about next winter.

I know, I know — the snow has barely melted, and as I wrote Wednesday, our politicians seem to have already checked out in anticipation of the fall election. But the city ombudsman’s report into cold-weather shelter services provided to the homeless demands immediate attention. The problems it lays out and makes bare cannot wait. By the time the new council is elected and seated, another year of our annual crisis will be upon us, and it will be too late.