Wednesday, January 2, 2002
It has come to my attention that the city of Hood River has adopted new curb regulations, switched from "rolled" curbs to "straight" curbs. I'm asking that you please reconsider this decision and keep the rolled curb design.
As a home builder in the Hood River area for the past 12 years I have had the opportunity to work with both types of curbing and have found the rolled curbs to be superior in every way. Following is a list of the advantages for the rolled curbs versus the square curbs:
1. While building a house, the lumber trucks, concrete trucks, sheetrock trucks, cranes, backhoes, etc. all have to drive over the curb and a square cube is much more difficult to maneuver.
2. A rolled curb allows you to park further off the road.
3. A rolled curb permits you the full use and access of your property fronting the street.
4. A rolled curb doesn't cause wheel and tire damage to vehicles.
5. A rolled curb doesn't scrape or dent your car door when you open it.
6. A rolled curb is aesthetically pleasing.
7. A rolled curb is environmentally friendly; it saves 1.5 yards of concrete for each home. Replacing the square curb costs more money; it creates cement blocks that are difficult to dispose of and wastes natural resources unnecessarily!
I think this is a bad road regulation to implement in our city, as it inflicts an additional financial burden on an unsuspecting public. In a time of raising water, sewer and garbage fees, double natural gas and high electrical rates, high city and property taxes, etc., passing a regulation that adds approximately $2,000 to the cost of a curb replacement is irresponsible and an additional financial hardship.
If there is some fundamental reason for this change from rolled to square curbs, then please enlighten me and the general public.
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The riding lawn mower driven by Norma Cannon overheated and made contact with dry arbor vitae owned by Lee and Norma Curtis, sending more than a dozen of the tightly-packed trees up in flames. The mower, visible at far right, was totaled. No one was injured; neighbors first kept the fire at bay with garden hoses and Westside and Hood River Fire Departments responded and doused the fire before it reached any structures. Westside Fire chief Jim Trammell, in blue shirt, directs firefighters. The video was taken by Capt. Dave Smith of Hood River Fire Department. Enlarge