zirkel 8 years, 9 months ago on Our View: Time for code crackdown

Um, OK...

Just HOW, exactly, do you propose the City perform this crackdown?

Let's say you see some nicely-dressed fellow, toting a metal-covered clip board, snooping around the alley behind YOUR home...


zirkel 8 years, 9 months ago on Apartment not up to code

Land use code enforcement is done primarily on a complaint-driven basis.

Typically, one disgruntled neighbor complains to the City about the unruly snowboarders (sorry for the generalization) constantly partying next door. Then the City investigates based on the formal complaint. This is the case with illegal dwelling units too.

City Council rarely supports ACTIVE code enforcement by staff -- they may say they do but, once those affected parties complain loud enough, the enforcement issue often gets dropped.


zirkel 9 years, 1 month ago on Nerney camps outside pub

Maybe the City can cite him for illegal camping? No... I'm being serious!


zirkel 9 years, 2 months ago on Antonio Marxuach: The time is now

Chris Wilson, are you reading this -- Grooming the core trail for nordic skiing and snowshoes use during the winter?

Thanks Antonio for (continuing to) being a thoughful advocate for alternative transportation and a healthy lifestyle -- in all seasons!


zirkel 9 years, 3 months ago on Bentley urges negotiations

Who needs professional engineers, planners and attorneys if city council, or more specifically, Ms. Bentley, is going to (continue to) micro-manage its staff?

Imagine working for a boss who doesn't seem to understand he has a competent, profession staff at his disposal, and changes his mind every couple of years as to how he want the business run.

I think Ms. Bentley needs to better familiarize herself as to the public review and approval processes already established in the community development code.


zirkel 9 years, 5 months ago on Proposals for Pine, 12th streets draw criticism

I agree that sidewalks in Old Town are a good thing, especially if already mandated by a community-approved plan.

I'd like to hear clarification from Public Works if sidewalk locations are proposed solely within the public right of way. If that's the case, I don't have much sympathy for property owners complaining about a sidewalk splitting their front yard, especially if that front yard is in the City's ROW.

I also think that the PW should compromise on sidewalk width (4' instead of 6') to better mimic the (historical) size of many existing sidewalks within OT.


zirkel 9 years, 5 months ago on Our View: Wants versus needs

From my uninformed perspective, I don't think the City is "crying poor," per se. I think Lanning is just doing his job -- that is, identifying operational decificencies and proposing a budget to address those deficiencies. It's not his job to direct funding for community programs -- that's the (often politically-driven) responsibility of Council. Some seem to be labeling him as a "hatchet man" but I suspect he's smarter than that.