Rapid Response

April 1, 2011

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Newcastle now has 10,380 people. What do you think of the city finally hitting the 10,000 mark?

Great! Does that make us a little closer to gaining our own ZIP code?

— Trina Sooy, Newcastle

I think hitting the 10,000 mark is a cause for celebration! We are a growing city … and that is good news for tax revenues and interest in our city.

— Jackie Foskett, Newcastle

Not much. It’s our quality of life that matters, not a number.

— Lee Strom, Newcastle

Now that we have that many people, we should probably put in a sixth bank.

— Ron Unger, Newcastle

The city is going to start enforcing leash laws in city parks. What do you think of this decision?

While I understand it may inconvenience some dog owners, it does give me peace of mind when running through local parks or bringing my children to play. Some off-leash dogs are a nuisance and downright scary to be around.

— Trina Sooy, Newcastle

I’m sure this will not make many dog owners happy. And it’s too bad we don’t have a leash free area in the park yet.

— Jackie Foskett, Newcastle

As a dog owner, I understand the want of dog owners to let their pooches run free and exercise. However, after a few incidents of aggression toward my fiancé and smaller dogs in and around Lake Boren, I will not hesitate to use any and all protective measures to safeguard either of them from an aggressive off-leash dog. If you love it, leash it.

— Dave Martinez, Newcastle

The city will pay for most of its $250,000 City Hall move with money from its reserves instead of money set aside for projects. What do you think of this decision?

Our current City Council billed itself, from the very beginning, as being very fiscally conservative. Now, they are spending our reserve to make an expensive move. I have three questions. Is this move necessary while our finances are so precarious? If our finances aren’t precarious, were they lying to us during the last election? Does this move in any way benefit a council member or his or her family financially?

— Will Winslow, Newcastle

I think we all understand moving from a manufacturing building to a proper office is about appearance and maturity. We should take care to ensure the city’s public safety, maintenance and other needs can be addressed in the event of an incident after the move. Is there a plan for that?

— Dave Martinez, Newcastle

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