Councilmember Josh Wright requested at the Sept. 28 council meeting that a discussion about dog parks (designated places and/or time where dogs can be allowed off-leash) on an upcoming work session agenda. Councilmember Dan Robinson supported that request. This issue has been brought up repeatedly by councilmembers and citizens since the beginning of the fall council session.
Despite last week’s critical citizen comments, the council unanimously voted to approve the installation of New Hampshire Gardens area traffic-calming measure, including three traffic circles.
Councilmember Josh Wright noted several e-mails from residents saying that building a sidewalk should be the priority in that neighborhood. He asked whether such a sidewalk is in the city’s plan.
City staff said it was and it is conceivable that it could be included in the spring installations.
The city’s lobbyists didn’t have a lot of good news. They say the state legislature is so focused on the revenue disaster that any proposed legislation with “a glimmer of extra cost is dead on arrival.” So, if any of the city’s pet projects, such as the tenants-rights “Just Cause Eviction” bill involves any expenditures, even a task force or study group, they are likely doomed.