Thursday, August 19, 2010
. . . look at it as if you live on Las Flores and you have children, or even a beloved pet, that could get killed or severely hurt by reckless and irresponsible drivers
An open letter from Wimberleyite Rocky Boschert . . .
There is an e-mail circulating among us trying to get Wimberley residents out to Thursday night's (8-19) Wimberley City Council meeting regarding the pending closure of Las Flores as a through road from RR 12 to RR 2325. Here is one side of the debate as written in the e-mail:
"....(anonymous) is circulating petitions to present to council asking them to rethink the closing of Las Flores. She needs your support at this week's city council meeting, Thursday, August 19th at 6 PM. She will be stating her case for keeping the NEWLY PAVED (to the tune of thousands of dollars) LAS FLORES OPEN to ALL Wimberley residents, not just 11-12 families who city council has given possession of "their street."
You will be given a 3 minute window to speak your piece and let the council know how you feel about their decision to close this public street. Please get there early enough to sign up to speak. Let's pack city hall and use our 3 minutes to let them know we are not happy about their decision and want them to, "DO THE RIGHT THING FOR ALL OF WIMBERLEY, NOT JUST A FEW."
The e-mail goes on to point out that Johnny White was the ONLY city council member to not vote for the closure. To me, that says something right there: The ONLY member to not vote for the closure.
But more importantly, there are facts that most Wimberley residents (who will be so terribly inconvenienced by 5 minutes more of driving because they will be forced to drive through to 2325 on Buena Vista Drive) do not understand or know.
First of all, for many years now the "few" residents on Las Flores have been subjected to a dangerous and irresponsible flow of drivers often speeding up to 55 mph or more and not caring about these "few" residents safety and rights. Over those same many years the Las Flores residents have asked the City Council to put in speed bumps and the CC have always been denied their requests, apparently for legitimate "road design" reasons.
Second, and more importantly, one resident on Las Flores – who is forced to use a wheelchair – takes his dog for a walk on Las Flores and more than once had cowardly disturbed drivers pull in front of him, stopped, blocking his way – ominously harassing and challenging him while sitting hidden behind their tinted windows. This is the result of irresponsible people behind the driver's wheel. And it is clearly these flaky and irresponsible drivers who have caused this problem and debate and who the anti-closure folks should blame for the problem (not the Las Flores residents).
Moreover, the safety police are nowhere to be found when such incidents as the wheelchair harassment occur and the county does not have the manpower to position safety officers on Las Flores to stop the irresponsible, flaky adults and high school kids who drive through on Las Flores at high speeds – caring little about safety and rights of the Las Flores residents.
Personally, I totally support the current solution since nothing else has worked to alleviate the problem. Unfortunately, we cannot legislate responsible drivers. In the end, I would like to know this: Where was the mass concern from the opponents of the closure when the Las Flores residents tried to get a simple solution like speed bumps installed so all of us could still use Las Flores as a road through to 2325? The truth is some opponents of the current closure also organized against the more simple speed bump solution as well.
Now we again know what the true meaning of the cliché "penny wise and pound foolish" actually means?
The Wimberley City Council is exactly correct to do what they are doing, in spite of ONE member opposing the Las Flores closure. If you go to the CC meeting, look at it as if you live on Las Flores and you have children, or even a beloved pet, that could get killed or severely hurt by reckless and irresponsible drivers. I know also Wimberley Montessori School has no problem with the closure as the owner of the school will always support safety of community residents and families over a little driver inconvenience.
If you come to the CC meeting tonight, tell the closure opposition to spend their time educating themselves and other drivers about community responsibility. Don't punish the residents of Las Flores for community insensitivity.
Peace, love and hope.
Rocky Boschert Arrowhead Asset Management
Posted by RoundUp Editor at 12:15 PM