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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?


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


Flooding Flashbacks

The city of Cedar Rapids, Iowa flooded in 2008. It was horrible. Thousands of people were impacted and the city has milked FEMA for all they could since it happened.
Why isn’t the water going into the “greenway”?

My neighbor Connie (who was not in a good mood) wanted to check out the neighborhood! I want to apologize to anyone that I might have sounded grouchy towards.

The river is supposed to crest by 8 pm and it’s after 9 pm now and we haven’t been swept away and the basement is still dry! It would have been nice if the city would have managed the 5 in 1 dam better and dealt with the sewers properly.

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