Scatter shooting while Musing about some large public works projects and those dang Cowboys...
I drive east and west on Red Oak Road daily en route to and from my job. I've seen more and more survey, gas, water and fiber optic paths getting ready to widen Red Oak Road. It's moving forward steadily and should be a boon to the community. We also have city water and sewer and frankly the water tastes like dung on a good day and another adjective on a bad day. We are supposed to see a large water main that brings "Dallas water" to Red Oak. Don't know if the costs will go down (I doubt it since we have to pay for the main construction through user taxes) but anything that reduces our purchase of bottled watter would be welcome.
The raison d' etre of this posting is wondering where the progress reports actually reside? The Red Oak Record is "the official newspaper of the city" but a monthly/quarterly synopsis of public works project performance is not there. The city website is pretty but current information on these projects just isn't there.
The Council and mayor were elected to improve communication. Communication is easily accomplished via the website, email broadcasts, RSS feeds, podcast by the City Manager, etc. I don't know what the issue is but we need a better venue to receive news. I thought there was a communications director but communication with the constituents are late 20th century at best.
I'm not complaining about the lack of action but the Council, Mayor and City Manager are missing some great opportunities to put "coming together" into action by not touting these and other city projects at every opportunity. Perhaps the City needs an informal RSS site or a blog by the City Manager? I welcome and would host the blog if the City Manager would be amenable.
Ok...I'm done....here's something else....all the Republicans running for President sound like Democrats and all the Democrats sound like Lenin before the 1917 Revolution. It's a pretty lame year for statesmen in our country. I've not seen any. Hillary Clinton in consultation with ANY Middle Eastern "impotentate"? What a joke! John McCain citing policy with ANY world leader. What a squish! Where are the statesmen? They're certainly not here this election year!