Coffee shops are too loud and it still makes it hard to study or work in the library without an enclosed room. Home is a distraction of chores and other obligations. Why not have the city move all the computers out of the enclosed glass room next to the other computers and make that room a quiet room?
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During the Workshop there were 2 comments that I found appalling and 1 I found spot on. Although I was given the opportunity to voice my opinion to the Council I didn't because I did not feel I could maintain my composure after hearing some of the profound statements coming form our city officials.
1: A City official noted that they've opened Pandora's box. True statement. However, you (City Council) we're elected to represent THE CITIZENS of this city, not your own agenda. It's your job to make those hard decisions that require effort. If it's too hard for you, step down.
2: A Councilman noted when questioned to move discussion to next months agenda, (and I summarize,) is there a need to? His question came across (in my opinion) as if he felt that they had enough information to vote and his vote would be no.
This statement was made after the presenter noted that "it was close" referring to the "for & against" comments that were procured via paper and electronic survey to citizens. I beg to differ but the "fors" outweighed the nay sayers. I myself have no interest in having chickens but feel that it's the citizens choice and our Councils job to uphold the majorities choice.
3: A citizen commented to the Council concerning a comment made by a Council member concerning noise. He countered it with a comment about Dogs barking. Extremely valid point! How many of us have neighboring dogs that bark throughout the night and you're concerned with a few cackling chickens? Please... Wish the Council would put in half the effort concerning our current code on domestic animals (with emphasis on dogs) as they are apparently putting into this "chicken bill."
Per my understanding the City Council is contemplating a new fee of $3.00 levied against all residents of which $1.00 of the $3.00 will be used to subsidize the potential sidewalk project. Instead of adding a fee why doesn't the council consider working in the best interest of its citizens and find a budget area to shave the needed dollars instead of taking the easy way out and placing the financial responsibility on the citizen. A few area's of saving dollars that immediately come to mind is our golf course - it's a loss leader and was poor decision in the first place considering Ft. Hood has 18 hole course and another area is the EDC. There are a few other area's that come to mind as well but I an'll refrain at this time.
The "city" is noting that they're getting relatively little input from its citizens concerning chickens in the city. Why not open up the "discussion" portal of this site thereby allowing the citizens one additional channel to make their voice heard?
Instead of even contemplating raising taxes to correct the shortage of funds due to increased document research (crime related) which penalizes ALL citizens, why not raise the fee's for said documents and/or create an hourly document research fee (if already there, apparently you need to increase it) so that only those needing those services are paying the price and not all citizens. I haven't requested any such documents in the past 15 years. Why should I have to foot the bill for others?
The area of Skyline Valley/Skyline Flats needs a walk path and a park. The main streets are too busy and too many cars speed by to safely walk dogs or walk yourself for that matter. The original homes in that area don't have sidewalks so you are forced to walk on the street or in a ditch/side step that is overgrown.
I am on the 14U soccer team and I think that the game is very unfair. There are multiple fouls that the refs do not call. Soccer is now very unsafe an unfair.
Some of the things I miss most about living in the city are the abundance of family friendly activities. I think the city should have a yearly Kite Day in the park (Ogletree would be perfect). Austin has their's in mid March and has grown every year. Simple kite making booths and contests make it a fun event. Contests are : most original kite, biggest, smallest, best homemade kite. There can be food vendor trailers too!
I saw a FB where someone suggested a day where everyone in the community put their "trash" on the curb and if you see something you like, you take it. Trash to Treasure concept. I would plan this the same time the bulk pickup is scheduled that way, whatever is not picked through, will be picked up. It would have to be done by Area obviously. Something like this may keep some items from landing in the landfill.