Rapid Response

May 31, 2012

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Do you think the City Council should  consider creating a speed hump policy to standardize which areas get traffic-calming measures or take each instance case by case? 

I don’t think it would make a difference to have the policy. We have bulb outs to slow down our traffic, but some people get used to them and still bomb down our hill. They are a deterrent and the flowerbeds look good, but I don’t think they work as well as they should. I have used my hand to wave up and down to slow down cars.

— Paula Spence

Given the uniqueness of each of the neighborhoods it would seem case by case would be best.

— Peter Zevenbergen

A combination might be good. If established criteria for speed bumps are met, the residents could be asked whether they want them. If residents request speed bumps, the City Council could consider the case even if it doesn’t meet the criteria.

— Peggy Price

 Which precautions do you take to protect your home/neighborhood against home burglaries?

I live using just the basics … there is nothing at my home worth stealing.

— Peter Zevenbergen 

We have an alarm system in our home. Neighbors question each other if they see something suspicious, or call 911. We have had a few burglaries in our neighborhood at all hours — even when a family member was in the backyard. I just think we need to be more watchful. Our immediate neighbors tell us when they will be gone.

— Paula Spence

Knowing your neighbors and their vehicles should help to identify suspicious activities for each other in the same neighborhood.

— Jesse Tam

We lock our doors at night and when we’re not home, and leave a light on sometimes.

— Peggy Price

Which kinds of music would you like the Parks Commission to seek for community events such as Newcastle Days or Concerts in the Park?

We have a diverse community with many interests and preferences. We should have the variety of music to suit the different groups in our mixed Newcastle community. Provide a schedule ahead of time. Everyone can make their choice to attend according to their personal preference.

— Jesse Tam

We enjoy jazz/blues, and I love Motown. Alan White is always a treat to come play since he is a part of our community.

— Paula Spence

Blues, jazz, country

— Peter Zevenbergen

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