Last week I received a rather thick envelope from Council Member (Ward 1) Cheryl Sarvis.
First, if you do not know about the City structure please review my very first article written last February and another one by former Council Member Ra Barr. This is the first one of this type that I have ever received and I am sorry to say that I did not in 12 years write one myself.
The report is six pages that are typed on both sides of the papers. It is far too voluminous for me to distill in this column. Still it is breezy enough that 20 minutes is all it takes to read it.
Of special interest is the section on projects completed and those in the making. Although I have been out of office for eight months now, I am still asked by citizens who I meet here and there who ask me about these kinds of issues.
For instance, folks ask about the work being done along Sailors Parkway alongside the Silver Comet trail. This work is for additional parking and will later incorporate a boulder/rock climbing area. Additional features, assuming funding is forthcoming, might include a dog walking park and some other desirable additions.
Elsewhere there are articles on Code Enforcement, minor flooding impacts (some folks should purchase flood insurance), new sidewalks (important for walkers), Police Department improvements, and perhaps a revitalized DAPS which has been and will continue to be of interest to this column.
In the past we always tried to put on public information programs. I frankly thought we should have done more. We did not have any kind of local news outlets as we now do with Patch.
But still, occasional reports from our council members is welcome. Council Member Sarvis told me that this was put together with her own funds/time and went to over 700 addresses.
I do not know the cost for this and it unlikely something that all of us could afford to do on a regular basis. There might be some interest in having a city wide mailing once per year.
Perhaps taking moneys from inefficient ads and using same for a comprehensive mailing would make more sense. The problem here is that, unfortunately, folks just do not read like they used to. But, if the information is offered but not read then citizens cannot complain about not being informed.
Anyway, I hope that Citizens in Ward1 will avail themselves of this well put together informational piece.
Thanks for reading,
Thomas D. Bevirt