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Thursday, 2nd October 2014

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Half a million for dog park and trails

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At Bee Cave City Council's meeting this week (Feb 11th) a budget of over half a million dollars was approved for a combination of the relocation of the existing dog park and extensions of the trail system at Central Park. There was negative concern for the high amounts involved from the podium and positive reactions to contributions from the Economic Development Fund.

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So the dog park is "economic development"? I love the so called conservatives around here. There should have been a budget for this dog park and the city council should have stuck to it. Tacking this onto trails extension is a weak attempt to garner public support for a more expensive dog park. If we took money out of the city council member's bank accounts to pay for projects, I bet we would see some actual fiscal responsibility.
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Council won't do squat for area youth (like LTYA) but somehow we can spend half a million $ on a another dog park?
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LTYA is a private business and not a city owned program. Additionally, the funds for the dog park came out of the ED Board, not the general fund, which is what LTYA wants (which means the tax payers fund assistance for an independent business.
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That will be great to have a decent dog park! The current one isn't even worth going to.
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This project was approved by the Economic Development Board and has been on public record for two years. The hike and bike trails extension was tacked on to the dog park plans, not the other way around. The present dog park accumulates stagnant water and poses possible health risks as well as a mosquito breeding ground. This was not developed as a dog park, but was an area for road run-off/water retention which had a fence put around it and became the present dog park. The new dog park within Bee Cave Central Park will be an added benefit for residents of Bee Cave to gather with family and four-legged friends. The economic benefit will be that a regional dog park will attract people from surrounding communities to visit Bee Cave and also spend dollars at nearby shops and restaurants.
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I believe the original post stated the trail was tacked onto the dog park. I would challenge anyone to provide any data that demonstrates a dog park provides any significant economic benefit. Reality is it is probably the opposite, city maintenance far outstrips any benefits, most people who will use it are local, so they spend money locally anyway. We have a couple of large projects in the city now, the Revival Square project and the movie studio. I am sure if the city would have tried, they could have gotten the dog park kicked in for free for one of those projects in exchange for some of the city code variances they are asking for. That would have been sound fiscal policy and good government.
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I fail to understand how $500K for a "dog park" has anything to do with economic development. Looks like the Bee Cave PD will need to fill those ticket quotas. $560 for parking in a handicapped space should cover a lot of maintenance in the "doggie park." Scoops and plastic bags etc. Get out there and start "pinchin" those Beemers parked in HEB blue spots.
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If you parked in a handicapped space without a handicap tag, then you are breaking the law. They have every write to assign you a ticket. Put your big girl panties on.
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Good point on the youth ....I was really hoping for the disc golf when they put the park in....
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Half million dollars considered and passed by the City Council of Bee Cave, Texas on a dog park with trails! Just pause and consider what a half million dollars could and would do for the whole community, not just dog owners and walkers. There are starving families and homeless children in the LTISD and probably within the City of Bee Cave, believe or not! How can anyone, using common sense, even consider one half million dollars on a dog park, trails? The people who do not have dogs nor walk trails, what does this provide for this percentage? Obviously, this type of common sense is from people who are 'well off' and have a position in money and peer pressure for dog parks. What else will be voted on next, froggy ponds and worm webs? A half million dollars would have gone a very long distance in helping the City of Bee Cave in so many more productive ways.
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Next Generation Taylor Sunday, 16 February 2014
Residents of Bee Cave....

Look to your north east, at Taylor, TX and you see a similar story about different issues.

Business as usual? drive.google.com/file/d/0B03wkTDE_M5_NVV...d2c/edit?usp=sharing

Answer these questions and it may give you some perspective...

1. Your city manager was a city manager just prior to coming to Bee Cave. What city was that?

2. What city staff did the president of Sledge Engineering work for prior to starting up his business?

www.facebook.com/nextgenerationtaylor

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The disc golf course was already completed and all the equipment purchased; it was literally hours away from being ready to use. The council did not file the application for use with the state properly and could have readily rectified that misfiling at nominal cost; they chose not to and abandoned the disc golf course.

One thing I remember most from my meeting with the mayor was that she was upset that children from other areas were coming to Bee Cave to play. Disgusting.
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Disgusting? Yes, your fictional recollection is very disgusting.
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As someone stated above, this has been in the making for two years. Where were all of the people against it when it was being considered? Did any of you sign up to be on the committee that put it together? Although I agree the price is a little steep, I wasn't there to speak up or volunteer. Did anyone speak against it?

Don't like the decisions being made, you still have time to file for the upcoming election. You have a lot of choices.... mayor, a one year council seat and two 2 year council seats. You too could get raked over the coals. Sounds inviting doesn't it?
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I think it is reasonable to believe that our elected officials would be responsible enough to not write blank checks for any project. Looks like we will have to babysit the council on every decision based on your comments.
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My understanding was that the disc golf course was approved and developed and only halted at the final moment due to non-handicap compliance. It wreaks of someone's personal agenda that didn't want it from the beginning. It seems to me that the city council didn't do much in response. This would have been an excellent, low cost family recreation outlet.
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Lots of complaints by people named 'anonymous' around here. Kinda funny.
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a park for the dogs, but let the kids have no bathrooms at their complex
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I, for one, do not think "economic development" money should be in the hands of any gov't entity. Let the dog people form a 501 and raise the dog park money themselves. Work for your own interests.
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