Pam Zubeck - a map showing the location of the preservation area in relation to both the townhomes at Pebblewood, the Pinecliff Townhomes, and the Chiaramontes' lot would have been useful. Also, right now it would seem that the city needs to block-off that curb/gutter drain up on Golden Hills Rd to stop rain water from going down the 18-inch storm sewer pipe which runs through the Pebblewood complex; of course, having said this, I don't know where that water from Golden Hills Rd would drain to if they did that.
Clara McKenna - you left one out; Rockrimmon also has large areas of dolomite clay soil and homes were built in those areas anyway without having proper foundations. When this clay soil gets wet it expands and has wrecked havoc with hundreds of homes in that area. Neither this, nor the numerous mine shafts underneath that area stopped the city from approving development. City government has played a major role in alot of the problems homeowners currently have.
"This home went through foreclosure prior to the Chiaramontes buying it." - Pam Zubeck
Yes, but banks don't have to play by the same disclosure rules that we have to.
"More cops downtown"
What good does it do to have more cops downtown (or anywhere else for that matter) in order to provide “a visible presence in the area” to deter crime if all they do is patrol, but don’t pull anyone over. If the police department is making a connection between motor vehicle activity and crime (and I support that thinking), then they should be writing tickets/citations to individuals for the following types of illegal vehicle activity: loud boom boxes; illegal exhaust systems (i.e., straight pipes, “cut” mufflers, “high performance” mufflers; no muffler at all); black window tint; black tail-lights and dark tint over the license plate, and worse then that - black HEADLIGHTS!! How on earth can a police officer not stop someone who is driving around with a vehicle that has the tail-lights & headlights blacked out is beyond me, this is a huge safety issue, if nothing else. "Drawing on the deterrent value of highly visible traffic enforcement and the knowledge that crimes often involve motor vehicles, the goal of DDACTS is to reduce crime, crashes and traffic violations." Well then, pull vehicles over and write tickets; make a statement. The city/police have allowed the above mentioned illegal activity to go on far too long. Also, the whole city needs attention on this issue, not just the downtown area! I haven’t seen a police cruiser on Academy Blvd or Flintridge Dr on a Friday or Saturday night, in like - FOREVER!! The street racing and noise from illegal exhaust systems at night is deafening. This city made a feeble attempt at doing something about street noise/noise pollution back in 2005, but has done nothing since; now it is totally out of control. Why don’t we try to improve the quality of life in this town for the taxpayers; a side benefit might be that businesses would consider relocating here.
Good grief! how many major decisions have been made by city council the last 6+ years without knowing or understanding all the facts (i.e., the USOC debacle for one). Once the city found out that it couldn't sell Memorial outright and pocket the funds to do whatever they wanted with it (i.e., hopefully for capital improvements) then the whole process of leasing it should have just been stopped. What a mess!!!
"The city needs to buy 25 acres for a pump station, 29 acres for a permanent easement for the 66-inch pipeline, and 32 acres for a temporary construction easement."
If Ultra doesn't want to play ball and sell the land to the city (for a reasonable price), the city should just say to them - "heh, Ultra, you ever heard of eminent domain".
This land was annexed into the city so I think this would be quite legal to do.
"Local public body" means any board, committee, commission, authority, or other advisory, policy-making, rule-making, or formally constituted body of any political subdivision of the state and any public or private entity to which a political subdivision, or an official thereof, has delegated a governmental decision-making function but does not include persons on the administrative staff of the local public body.
I think the Mayor's presence at this meeting as someone who has a "governmental decision-making function" in this city, is "skirting" awfully close to meeting the criteria of having "three or more members of any local public body". He isn't administrative staff; he's executive staff, as the mayor.
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