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?
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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.
Add on patios should be built from at least 60% new material and conform to certain standards of construction.
I would like to see some bike paths close to where I live.
Rarely do we utilize City Park or any of the neighborhood parks. We have no youngsters or dogs. I use the campus Natatorium for exercise. In fact, until recently I didn't realize we had 7 parks in Cove. As homeowners of 4 properties in town, we pay our fair share of taxes and I want to start taking advantage of those funds. :)
I think the City should sponsor more casual family friendly events utilizing park space such as, concerts, family night picnics, movies, Open Mike Nights, etc. I lived in Amarillo many years ago and some of the best times were going to "Orchestra in the Canyon". This could be a great event for the high school band to work extra on their tunes and entertain the community. These events don't cost a lot (or nothing) as family's bring their own food & drink, and music(ians) can earn tips or use the event as a fundraising event. Clean up can be suggested at each event for everyone to pick up litter on their way out and the City just has to get the trash receptacles emptied.
I think we should have a Day of Community Service, similar to what Austin does, each year. Groups, clubs, organizations and individuals gather to cover the city and do a day of service helping others. Clean up yards, parks, streets, helping with exterior painting touch ups for those that are unable to do so, graffiti clean up, and anything else we can do to help our neighbors and community.