Archive for July 1st, 2007

by jhwygirl

A resolution to form an SID (Special Improvement District) within the University area, for placement of 13 traffic calming circles appears on Monday night council’s consent agenda.

Traffic circles were requested for this area by a majority of the residents. And at a neighborhood council meeting, attending by Phil Smith, Bike/Ped Coordinator for the City, the SID was also well received. The cost to each lot in the district will be approximately $350 bucks.

The traffic circle debate has been ongoing in the city. Some people just can’t fathom that something different might be better. Steve King, Director of City Engineering, has gone on record saying that they would be good for the city – slowing traffic down, while keeping it moving, helping to reduce emissions. Myself, I like the gardens that people in the neighborhood like to plant in them.

I have only one pet peeve to pass along – why not connect water up to them? I mean, can’t the city absorb the cost of a little water for the plants? I know a guy who lives by one of them, and he has to drag his hose out there and use his water to water the thing. Sure they look nice – but honestly – can’t the city run a pipe up from the center of the street and place a faucet there? Why do individuals have to maintain something like that?

At least the residents along Orange Street and SW Higgins don’t have to drag their hoses out to the median to water those plants. I mean, can you imagine?

Regarding the making of this fine SID through Public Works Committee and on to the consent agenda – I’m taking bets on either Wilkins or Ballas throwing a wrench into this (again). All it takes is one or two neighbors who don’t like it (despite the overwhelmingly favorable review spoken of above), and those two guys will turn anything into a controversy.

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