OK, so I have no life and spent my evening and part of my morning at the City Council Meeting last night. I left at 1:45am and it still wasn’t over, but I had to go….enough was enough.
The protest pictured below was actually a misunderstanding, well sort of. There was an article in last weeks Citizen that made it appear that the reason for a new ordinance was to control skateboarders, but it was explained last night that the reason for the change was to be able to enforce the trespassing laws without having to haul the interlopers off to jail, and rather just give them a ticket. I would say over half the council chambers was filled with skateboarders and their parents and they were a very well behaved group. Their protest was carefully watched over by two of Keller’s finest and when the kids came into the chambers they instantly were quiet and respectful. I give them two thumbs up for taking the time and showing up. Look for the City Council to reopen the discussion of building a skateboard park .
The Town Center Visioning Project took about four hours for the City Council to discuss, going over all twenty items. The discussions started out heated between Jim Thompson and Mitch Holmes regarding the apartment issue. They seemed to differ on whether or not Keller should abide by the original 1990 concept plan. I will give Mitch props for living up to his promise to the citizens to not vote for any more residential in the district, and he argued his point very vocally. In the end, the council voted to kill the predominately non-residential language in the document but banned any further apartments. The devil will be in the details as staff has now been directed to rewrite the code and present it back to P&Z and Council at a future date.
The Library bids came in (all 23 General Contractors!) and it looks like Keller will get most everything on their wish list and still come in at or below the budget. It seemed that all the members of the staff that I talked to were pleased as punch on the bids and the selected General Contractor. In the end, the timing seemed to be perfect for the taxpayers as they got a overly qualified General Contractor at a gargain basement price. The project has a schedule of aobut 14 months and should be complete for the summer of 2010.
I have some other thoughts, but I have to get some work done.