Rapid Response

May 7, 2010

By Contributor

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Thanks to State Sen. Randy Gordon, $325,000 of the state capital budget will go to buy Newcastle a new Lake Boren Park playground. What features do you think the playground should include?

Oh, the possibilities. I love the playground set up at Coulon, since there’s one for the bigger kids and one for the smaller tykes. My anxiety level goes down knowing my little ones won’t be trampled by the much bigger and older kids there.

— Trina Sooy, Newcastle

Great news! I’m hopeful there is a little something for all ages.

— Troy Anderson, Newcastle

An area with soft-rubber padding on ground, which can be used for yoga, tai chi and other like exercises, or one that features a themed landscape and kids-friendly play sculptures. We could also use a few more benches throughout the park.

— Quyen Tang, Newcastle

A climbing wall would be terrific.

— Suzi Beerman

The city booted its branding project that began almost three years ago and cost more than $191,000. This means the light-green street signs will be replaced, and the city will revert to its old logo. What do you think of this decision?

I’d pay $200,000 to get rid of those slimy green signs! Maybe even more.

— Ron Unger, Newcastle

I think the decision to go back to the old logo and sign standard was a good one. It would cost way more than $191,000 more in the long run to do all the signs to the new standard, and public feedback has been very negative.

The old signs and logo were chosen by a truly public process. The green signs went through a process that was not openly public and was carefully guided through to acceptance by insiders. The old signs cost much less to produce, are more functional and look fine. The old logo is unique to Newcastle.

— Peggy Price, Newcastle

Although I like the idea of city branding, I’m definitely not sad to see the hard-to-read chartreuse street signs go!

— Trina Sooy, Newcastle

Wow, could’ve covered a month or two of health care coverage for members of our fine City Council.

— Troy Anderson, Newcastle

I’m quite pleased and slightly concerned that the city took this long to make the decision.

— Quyen Tang, Newcastle

We should keep the signs we have. They are lovely and I doubt anyone minds the mix. Would be a real waste to get rid of the signage that has been added.

— Suzi Beerman

The City Council’s decision to remove the new signs is ridiculous. I think the signs are attractive, and I understand they were paid for with state assistance.

The council needs to explain why this change is a priority and where are we going to get money to replace the signs? After all, the council recently dropped the city’s participation in the moderate cost housing organization because of a lack of money.

— Will Winslow, Newcastle

What do you think of the second public comment period added to the end of regular City Council meetings?

The second public comment period will elicit more useable input from members attending the meeting. They will be more in tune with what is being proposed and can provide input that appears to fit a need.

Often, a topic will come up that the attendee won’t have thought about, but when it’s brought up will prompt a response to provide valuable insight. I expect more pertinent and valuable information to be provided to the city by this change.

— Peggy Price, Newcastle

I hope that it would be used productively and respectfully.

— Trina Sooy, Newcastle

Public feedback is important. Hear this: Please do something with the “eyesore” corner of Newcastle.

— Troy Anderson, Newcastle

I’m all for public comments, as long as they are specific, constructive and relevant to the community, and are permanently recorded to the City Council meeting minutes without any alteration.

— Quyen Tang, Newcastle

Public comment is good. However, we need more people motivated to participate or easier ways to do so.

— Suzi Beerman

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