Payment has little to do with it. IF the supervisor of the road maintenance would spend more time at work then parked in front of his house with the city truck, maybe more can get finished.
Texas A&M already did a Victoria road study for the city.
Yeah those engineers hired by a public entity, they are brilliant.
Back in 80's Airline Road was repaved, six months later the new asphalt was torn out to replace water and sewer lines, brilliant.
I guess, in that case, hiring a outside engineering firm would have been helpful, but wait, the city might have.
Wouldn't be costing so darn much if the streets were repaired as they were messing up and not wait until they turned into the mess they are in now. I blame this on the so called head city honchos who need to call in people to evaluate the problem. Hell pay me, I can see they need repairs, I drive on them (:.
I was not implying that we hire anyone to do this study!!! It does not take a phd to put counters on the roads and see what parts of victoria could be re developed into useful projects and or just undeveloped back into green spaces/ parks, or commercial/industrial areas. Whole sections of victoria are either in flood plains or in such run down condition that it makes no sense to invest millions to improve the roads where limited numbers of people live. All of victoria south and west of water and moody streets should be razed and the people living there should be relocated to areas that are not prone to flooding. Some of these areas already have had a lot of homes bought out by fema/city funds to alleviate the costs of rebuilding after floods. These areas could then be used for parks or developed into a riverwalk type project as part of the downtown improvement project. This type of thing should be mostly done with private money instead of public funds. It would also help to clean up victoria's image to potential businesses looking for places to build new projects and also help eliminate the gang and drug problems associated with that part of town.
The gumbo soil beneath the asphalt is one of the reasons for ourCity's *i$$ poor streets.The second reason is the volume of traffic.I moved hear two years ago and am dismayed at the way most people drive on our streets.Everyone is revving up their speed when one is trying to get ontothe same street.Most everyone drives as if they are angry!The 'new" Laurent Street is reinforced concrete and will lastdecades w/out the useless asphalt patches like "the worst streetin Victoria County, Sam Houston Drive".Nuff said.
Yea, let's pay somebody to study current road patternsLet's pay someboy to do a half*** jobLet's disrupt the schooling system to pay more taxesWhatever....Just get it done!!!!It's only my money.
Maybe we need to study current traffic patterns and property usage and eliminate some of the roads and under utilized land in some areas near the college and hospital and transform that area into enough land to meet UHV's future needs and also expansion of medical facilities in that same area. This would meet future growth in health care and provide VC with room to expand it's health care programs in a partnership with cmc as a clinical training partner. There are some pretty run down govt housing units and residential areas surrounding CMC and VC that could and should be converted into modern commercial sites and new housing complexes that replace the run down houses and apartments in that area. Those buildings could be sold and moved or just demolished in exchange for relocation assistance to those who live and work there now. This transformation would eliminate the need to replace or repair many streets in that area or allow them to be turned into exsisting infrastructure needed by the college/UHV and the hospital for use as low capacity driveways for dorms, classrooms and parking lots.
But Hookem, it is much better to spend the one half of one percent elsewhere and issue bonds for street repairs, and pay interest on the bonds. That way the Cities bond rating goes up and they can issue even more bonds.
After all, more money available to borrow is a good thing right? Just ask the federal gov. You don't honestly believe that local city politicians lied to us lowly taxpayers do you?
lol, naw, they never would!
Right you are woofwoof ... In 1996 The citizens of Victoria voted a 1/2% sales tax on themselves which was to be used for infrastructure repairs, and certain economic development. (This proposal was voted down by the citizens 3 years before). In 1996 there were numerous letters to the editor about the sorry condition of the streets including Sam Houston, Red River, etc. It was promised during the campaign that this tax, if enacted, would solve our problems and the streets would be repaired. It is 14 years later ... what do you think of those promises?
This tax is paid by everyone who drives on a street in Victoria. Resident, Non-residents, property owners, and renters. If you buy anything in this town from a cup of coffee to a big screen TV you are paying 1/2% of the purchase price to this fund. This money is used for everything from overpasses, hike & bike trails (that get closed), skate parks, soft ball fields, covered porticos on the convention center, landscaping and yes, the land where the new Catapillar plant will be located. This money has turned into a 'slush fund' for the currently fashionable necessity. IF, Airline is extended to the airport, you can bet that the money will come from here.
Through 2009, this tax we voted on ourselves has raised $67 million. If you would like for more of this tax that we voted on ourselves to go to the repair of the streets, (as promised during the 1996 election) you should contact the Sales Tax Development Board. The current members names are listed on the city website under 'boards'.
My wish is that the current members of this board would go to the library, read the microfilms of the 1996 Advocate when the promises were made, and the letters to the editor were written .......... and keep the promises that were made back then.
Through the end of 2009 this tax has raised $67 million
The correct answer would be "we have already paid for the street improvements". Remember the NEW LOCAL TAX implemented IN THE MID-NINETIES that the City politicos promised to fix the streets with.Plus one or two bond issues for street repairs since then.
There should be more money available now from the citys budget. Since Railwood in Woodway has been closed the city no longer needs to maintain the upkeep of those streets.