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RE: “We are no longer the City of Five Smells”


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We are no longer the City of Five Smells according to our Mayor, Ron Corbett. I wish I could bottle those non-existent smells because I totally would if it were possible. Cedar Rapids, Iowa has been, and always will be, the City of Five Smells. Some of the smells could be described as aromas. I mean who doesn’t love the smell we presume radiates from Quaker Oats, the smell of maple syrup or Captain Crunch, yum. 

Other smells such as ADM can only be described as putrid, questionable, and outright offensive. The worst smell of all though doesn’t have any odor and that is the smell of corruption.

Perhaps the mayor could embrace the smells instead of denying their existence. For some these smells pay the bills and their very existence is comforting. Instead of denying the smells Mayor Corbett inspire a company like Febreze to bring in more jobs!

1625520_291136864367923_1951750586_n(1)I feel like the rosy, we are recovered, State of the City speech was a distraction from the bigger problems like the record debt, crumbling streets, and the talk about saving Ann Poe’s childhood home’s family fire pit over on Ellis Boulevard NW while the shell of the city owned abandoned home stands as a reminder that we are not recovered from the flood.

Let us not forget that we still don’t have any reasonable “flood protection” for the west side that the media will talk about.  Most people don’t know that the berm was stabilized by the City Corps of Engineers from Penn Avenue NW to N Avenue NW for $800,000 in 2010. 

DSCN9975The sewer system is finally being worked on as I type! I am still curious to see what the city plans to do about the storm outlet into the river on N Avenue NW. The water isn’t able to drain from the from the creek by Harrison into the river because the water flows from the river into the outlet!

Some people who just want to move on from the flood aren’t totally recovered because they’re still being asked to pay taxes for land that the city desperately wanted to acquire. Our city can give their insurance company, True North, a $4 million dollar profit to acquire a property that they didn’t even own before the flood from our local option sales tax but they can’t clear up petty debt for these 18 homes?

Click here to read that story!

I wonder if these homes have city liens? Seriously, this happened on 6th Street NW. The city had mailing addresses for people whose homes were sitting there empty. Instead of mailing the homeowner a notice explaining that they were still responsible for things such as mowing their yard at their flooded out home, the city hung notices from overgrown bushes near the front door of the abandoned house. Many homeowners had no idea that the city was going to charge them by placing liens on the property being acquired! 

There is no doubt the mayor would like to think the city smells like a bed of roses but it doesn’t!  He will have to accept the fact that our city always has and always will stink! He would like to think we have recovered from the 2008 flood but we are constantly reminded how skewed the city’s priorities were when we are reminded that rebuilt homes and churches have been demolished while the shell of Ann Poe’s childhood family continues to stand! That alone, stinks!


RE: Northwest Recreation Center Site Selection Task Force


Letter to the city council and the Northwest Recreation Center Site Selection Task Force

I know the Northwest Recreation Center Site Selection Task Force meets tomorrow and that they are in charge of selecting the site for the Time Check Recreation Center replacement and I want to make certain my concerns are heard if I am unable to make it to the meeting.
Is the plan still to build on this “preferred” spot that just flooded?

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The “preferred” site for the replacement of the Time Check Recreation Center

“Sina said the city might need to cut down 600 trees to make way for the recreation center on the Q Avenue NW site” http://thegazette.com/2011/09/26/panel-recommends-ellis-for-rec-center/
Couldn’t we instead appeal to FEMA to go with the Ellis Blvd site by Time Check Park? At least it doesn’t flood “every year”. I would be willing to write in favor of that site but I will fight tooth and nail against anything being built in Ellis Park especially after the last few days!
Here’s a video I made today hoping to have input (even though we already went through the neighborhood planning process and had our opinions asked over and over until we’re blue in the face). I am concerned that our input as a community still hasn’t been taken seriously. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ecckNCbx1Dk

Please take this into consideration when choosing the site.
This ice jam flood reminded many of us who went through the 2008 flood just where the river fed into the neighborhoods before coming out of it’s banks! Please train someone to run the dam to control this better in the future.
Thank you,
Ajai Dittmar

 


Cedar Rapids City Council Discourages Citizen Input ~ Has meetings at Noon and 4:30


I have gotten dozens of complaints about the Cedar Rapids City Council meetings that occur every other Tuesday at Noon and 4:30 pm.

I would like to see the Council Meetings go back to the way they were before Ron Corbett became Mayor of Cedar Rapids.

(a) Public Comment first and then the meeting. Forcing people to sign up before the meeting, never knowing how long the meeting will be, discourages people from coming and saying anything at all.

(b) Consistent and convenient meeting time 5:30 pm.

Since the meetings have changed I have heard nothing but complaints and I am not impressed with the changes either. If there is something I’d like to talk to the council about I would like to go to the meeting and say what I have to say and leave! Sitting around for hours listening to the council go back and forth about whatever topic they are talking about is unproductive and time-consuming.


What do you think? Would you take part if the meeting time were 5:30 every other Tuesday? Click the red text below and vote in the poll!

Should Cedar Rapids City Council go back to their old meeting time? 5:30 Every other Tuesday
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