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City has much to consider to remain a utopia

This letter is in reference to the Aug. 18 response to Mayor Rod Woodbury’s column in the Boulder City Review and the complaint about the city utility office.

People, have you not realized we live in a utopia, Boulder City?

1. Keep asking the residents to dish out more money for the outdated electrical system. Now that we have residents hooked to give us more money, let’s spend that money on expanding our infrastructure instead of addressing needs of the public works and recreation departments (pool). Let’s develop the Eldorado Valley to cause more pollution, put more strain on our public works department, fire department, police department and, oh yes, our electrical system grid.

I ask you, if your street has cracks that are more than one-half inch in width, to call the public works department and ask them to repair it. There are sections on Sherri Lane that seem like you are on a roller coaster. My own street needs striping and has cracks growing grass.

Business owners, look at the streets in front of your business.

2. Make housing more affordable for young people. Instant gratification. Remove the present growth ordinance and add another 500 to 1,000 homes and lower our present home value. Forget about ruining the great educational system and ranking we have had in the state and nation for over 30 years.

Also, we will need to purchase more electrical power so the rates will go up and increase the need for more infrastructure.

I know a single mother with a child who bought an old trailer and fixed it up. She sold that trailer and bought a house and fixed it up, and sold it for a nicer home. Yes, it took this single mother 10 years, but she did it on her own here in Boulder City.

3. Let’s start a campaign and tell the residents we are going to be a ghost town when Interstate 11 is completed. First, we need to hire a consultant. Then we hire someone to put in a walking tour and use gray/green symbols embedded in the sidewalk where you cannot readily spot them. Ignore the international sign for tourism to inform our foreign visitors about Boulder City. We hear Boulder City does not get foreign visitors.

I spoke to a business owner and he stated, “I get approximately 50 percent of my business from the internet.” When the business gets a review on the internet he makes sure he replies.

4. Let’s not forget the beautiful Boulder City Library amphitheater that stood quiet this summer because our recreation department did not have the funds to put on any family programs. But, we had the funds to hire a consultant for the Eldorado Valley.

5. We still have not come up with a plan to replace the aging 37-year-old pool.

6. The code enforcement department has a phone message: “Leave a message and I will get back to you in two or three weeks.” Out of a 40-hour week, eight hours is dedicated to code enforcement. All illegal signs are not being addressed as instructed by the code enforcement supervisor.

The city’s building inspector position has been eliminated. So, where did the money for funding this position go?

There is no deterrent for (not) getting a permit to add improvements to your home. Could you imagine faulty wiring in place or in other areas? There is a commercial building with all the fire sprinkler heads painted. Who is there to inspect?

7. Utopia Boulder City police blotter has eliminated the section for traffic infractions.

8. Utility billing needs to be consistent on its billing period. Remember many residents in Boulder City are retired and like the first of the month billing cycle, which is best.

“The public appears disposed to be amused even when they are conscious of being deceived.” P.T. Barnum

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