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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 Keep asking the residents to dish out more money for the outdated electrical system.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

Alumni events, marriage and a real Nazi

Ron’s column from a few weeks ago inspired me to tell a story about a weird event from my past. Mine is not as exciting as his in that there is no wrestler named Silo Sam. But there is at least one Nazi. And, no, not the current “I disagree with your politics so you are a Nazi” version. An actual card-carrying member of the party.

Las Vegas Veterans’ Memorial to Boulder City?

Veterans’ memorials can be found all over the Silver State. They are well deserved. They honor individuals who served the nation, and also commemorate battles and events regarding the many military anniversaries in Nevada.

City manager bids fond farewell

I may be leaving Boulder City, but it was not an easy decision. From the first time I came in and met the staff and community leaders, I saw a city filled with people who truly care about where they live and work. I am grateful for the opportunities I have had to work with some incredible people.

Is the grass always greener?

Many people in the past played a golf game to cement a business deal, didn’t they? They also played golf to socialize. Has Boulder City recognized lessening play on golf courses? Or, from another perspective, what happens when million-dollar homes are placed around our open space golf course with views of the McCullough Mountains? Do fewer people play golf on the Boulder Creek golf course?

Parting is such sweet sorrow

Shakespeare was the man when it came to comedy and tragedy. His ability to make people feel the intense emotions of the characters is still imitated today. The past few months have been filled with a bit of excited anticipation at City Hall as several longtime and high-level employees have found new roles in other acts. I’m here to borrow some Shakespearean lines, the first being from Ophelia, “We know what we are, but know not what we may be.” (Hamlet)

Me, my brother and Silo Sam

Recently, I’ve been enjoying watching shows on A&E related to professional wrestling back in the earlier days, with profiles on wrestlers I grew up watching as well as classic rivalries.

Let’s talk about the ‘D Word’

OK, as a starting point, I must note that it’s weird to think that I might be writing something that would put me in agreement with the Language Police.

Make a new plan, Stan

A plan is a method for achieving a desirable objective. It’s a program of action, usually memorialized in writing. Plans start with goals and ideas. But ideas alone (even good ones) don’t constitute a plan.

Time to recognize unsung heroes

We have so many functions within the Boulder City Police Department, from school resource officers to road patrol to the detective bureau. The work that they do keeps Boulder City among the “Safest Cities in Nevada” (newhomesource.com, alarm.com) year after year. One unit is the backbone of our public safety response: Public Safety Dispatchers.

Honoring National Public Health Week

In my eight decades of this amazing life, I have worn a great many hats: son, brother, father, major (USAF), grandfather, council member, state representative, state senator.