Reward the troublemakers, punish the property owners

Yesterday one of my South DaCola foot soldiers had a voicemail left in the afternoon. It was a message from a reporter at one of the local TV stations. She said she wanted to do a story about flowers in the boulevard. The soldier called them back about 30 minutes later, and the reporter told her that they no longer were going to do the story.

So what happened in that 30 minutes? I wonder if a call was also placed to city hall?

As for people who are beautifying city property (boulevards). I find it ironic that the city wants to punish people who are using their own resources to improve city property through code violations and fines.

But when other citizens of our community drink all day in one of our public parks, pass out, get into fights, etc. the city administration decides to reward them with bathrooms, picnic tables and a fence to contain their rowdiness.

To hell with a Bad Neighbor, more like a Bad Mayor.

9 comments ↓

#1 Ol'Bubbleguts on 08.19.14 at 6:08 pm

If that little shrimpy grass ‘n dirt next to the kerb is theirs or regulated by them it explains the
ratty ass trees I see. ,sarc.
It is not on the windblown prairie now these here parts.Weather goes around this area because the thermals & the buildings and car exhaust allow
this.I may be moving soon south of here it will be nice to have weather again.
OT
But when other citizens of our community drink all day in one of our public parks, pass out, get into fights, etc. the city administration decides

You forgot get locked up and fiscally penalized or even worse put on that 24/7 or whatever it is drunk thang.

Dan Dailey?,….how long does it take to get from
SF to Worthington to shop?

In Art and Labor & Death by a thousand cuts
OBG

#2 85th stuckee on 08.19.14 at 6:25 pm

I’m planting dandelions and thistles in my front curb area. I see them hanging over the curbs on Western, Minn, and all streets in between, you can usually spot a rental by the presence of them. For Shape Places that Schmitt wanted: Boy are they sustainable, grow like hell in summer wet or dry, and the flowers are stunning, especially 20 minutes after mowing.

#3 Titleist on 08.19.14 at 10:10 pm

But there are many good neighbors.

Like Sioux Falls Construction. It will be in charge of building the city’s indoor pool at Spellerberg Park.

The company will oversee construction and hire between 20 and 40 subcontractors to build the aquatics center over the next two construction seasons. The facility is set to open in fall 2016.

CEO Randy Knecht said they will seek local companies for the work.

By the way, it is currently building a 4 pool indoor pool in Columbus, Nebraska.

Columbus, Nebraska.

Welcome to the big leagues Sioux Falls.

#4 l3wis on 08.20.14 at 1:03 am

Titleast-

I am not against an indoor public pool, but have felt it should be privately contracted and in a different location. That being said, why is it that this city has been able to grow and strive without a public indoor pool? Good question? Huh? The reason is that our community is large enough to sustain these services privately. The need just isn’t there. Do we need another indoor pool? Sure. I just don’t think the taxpayers ‘NEED’ to subsidize it.

#5 Dan Daily on 08.20.14 at 11:19 am

Apparrently, the reporter is new and not aware the media is curbed here. Only those who challenge the mayor get citations. This soldier must be one who starts petitions that threaten absurd city policy.

#6 hornguy on 08.20.14 at 12:32 pm

“improve city property”

And therein lies the rub – what constitutes an improvement is incredibly subjective.

I’m all for allowing residents to make certain modifications to boulevards, but there have to be guidelines for those lest you have one guy planting cactuses and someone else using it to showcase his rusty metal sculptures. That does nothing for the city’s aesthetic either and is ultimately detrimental to property values.

There’s a public safety component to those boulevards as well. You want some dude on a bike blowing out a tire and smashing his head on someone’s oversized rock garden when he tumbles into the boulevard?

That said, it should be hard for the city to develop those guidelines if people want to plant a tree or some flowers – especially if they’re willing to do it at their own expense.

#7 hornguy on 08.20.14 at 12:32 pm

Rather, shouldn’t be hard. Don’t type faster than you can think… ;)

#8 l3wis on 08.20.14 at 2:30 pm

Horndog – I agree 100%, the problem is right now the ordinance reads only one way; 100% green. It does need to be reviewed and changed, the problem is the mayor is saying the issue is dead but some councilors agree with you and me, we need to change the current ordinance so people KNOW what is allowable and what is not.

#9 Titleist on 08.22.14 at 6:48 pm

13Wis:

Columbus, Nebraska. Think about it.

Not exactly keeping up with the Joneses.

Columbus, Nebraska.

BTW, there is no private option. Some things must be done by the public. We have private schools, private golf courses, private roads, and private for profit Hospitals. We also have a public option for schools, golf courses, roads and Hospitals. We NEED an INDOOR PUBLIC POOL option. (And the PUBLIC taxpayer/voter agreed).

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