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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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"
Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge