Essentially, this last minute decision has destroyed my husband's irrigation repair business. We always count on his little private business to help with the summer budget each spring and summer, but this year is a disaster.
Personally, we're sick of the city government and are ready for a complete and total overhaul of the personnel therein. I guess they were too busy monitoring lingerie sales and erotic dancing to pay attention to the water issue. Go figure.
I've wrote you many, many times about your news segments & as always, you hit the nail on the head again! I feel so sorry for the nurseries & landscapers that have just set out lots of sod, etc in Lubbock's new developments....only to find out that it can't be watered until the end of June. Why weren't they warned ahead of time that this was fixing to happen? It's just another example of the incompetency of the City Hall. Once again they didn't bother thinking about how this could affect certain businesses, new homes & businesses with new lawns, etc. As far as City Hall apologizing to the residents of Lubbock, I don't see that ever happening in my lifetime!! They could care less!! Anyway, I feel fortunate to live out in the country and we don't have to mess with all of the stupid & insane rules that Lubbock dishes out! We can water where & when we want to, park where we want to, etc. Thank God for country living!!! We wouldn't trade for all the money in the world! I truly feel sorry for the citizens of Lubbock. Unfortunately my oldest daughter and her family are among them. They'd move if they could!!
SOME HEADS SHOULD ROLL OVER THIS. AT LEAST SOME REAR KICKING. I BET OUR ILLUSTIOUS CITY COUNCIL WILL STILL WATER THEIR LAWNS. AND TO THINK, WE VOTED FOR THESE PEOPLE. SHAME ON US.
The current watering ban in Lubbock is a direct result of extremely poor engineering and planning on the part of the city. One good class action law suit would stop ridiculous actions like this.
As far as I am concerned until the city starts paying for my water bill they can't tell me when or if I can water outside. I am not going to have an ugly yard just because the city thought we needed they Marsha Sharp Freeway and they can't get their act together. They don't care about us so I don't care about their water ban.
I completely agree with your article. I am so tired of the apparent ineptness of City Hall. It's just one thing after another. I moved to Lubbock in 2005 and certainly wish now that I had done my homework on how our City is managed and run. If I were in a position to move I probably would. There is no excuse for a city Lubbock's size to be run so poorly. I am also tired of my property taxes hitting the roof. Thanks for letting me voice my opinion.
I agree wholeheartedly with you on this watering ban issue. I heard the owner of Tom's Tree Place talk tonight on the news. He said if they had known about this ban then they would not have put out some of the lawns, because they cannot warranty those lawns without water. Who's in charge of our city now?
Also, why did they have to tear up every street in Lubbock at the same time? It is so dangerous even in the daytime. I have lived here all my life but find it very difficult to maneuver through Lubbock these days. I think it was to make sure they got the funding for the entire project. If you tear up every street in Lubbock, then it stands to reason you have to clean up your mess and put it all back together again. Plus, there are some very dangerous curves now. There is one in particular that even if you are traveling 10 miles an hour and being very careful, you could still hit the "curved curb" very easily.
Keep up the good work. City Hall needs to be held accountable for their decisions.
I am so very thankful that you and KCBD have come out strongly criticizing the decision to have this mandatory water restriction. I am simply amazed that this is happening in the 21st century, in a city this size and with all of the bright minds we have in Lubbock...but they must not be in our city government! I am a law abiding citizen but if I had just had a new lawn put down, and had no notice that this was going to take place I do believe that I would keep on watering and face a fine. That would be much cheaper than having to replace my brown sod!
What is wrong with this city government? Is there ever any future planning (as in leadership training...Future Planning Committees) by any of the planning departments? It is so similar to the many other things...digging up all areas of Lubbock streets instead of one area at a time...ruining the entrances to thousands of businesses at one time rather than one area at a time...working on major thoroughfares during the small window of "rush hour" that we have in Lubbock (that work can be done at night for crying out loud!). No wonder we don't have any major industry here. I love Tech and the medical community and the farmers, but Lubbock should wake up a bit.
Thank you for your diligence and out spoken point of view. I agree!
I have a question regarding the Stage 4 Water Restrictions: I have a swimming pool that is almost finished being built. Does the ban include swimming pools or the filling thereof? It doesn't say anything regarding this. Please advise. Thank you!
THINGS ARE CHANGING IN WASHINGTON AND RULES THAT HAVE ALL WAYS BEEN- -HOW ABOUT CHANGING THE LENGTH OF A PRESINDENT TO 6 YEARS INSTEAD OF FOUR -THEN HE COULD DO HIS JOB AND NOT WORRY ABOUT RE-ELECTION AND RAISSING MONEY FOR HIS PARTY AND HIS LIBARY- -LOOK AND THE TIME WASTED BY DOING OTHER THINGS AND PUTTING OFF TILL 2010 THINGS THAT WE NEED NOW I KNOW EVERYONE THINKS ABOUT THIS -SIMPLE IS BETTER THAT PLANNING THE FUTURE AHEAD THAT MAY NOT EVEN BE HERE WITH ALL OUR YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN BEEING KILLED- - -LETS GET TO GATHER AND LET THE PEOPLE BE HEARD- -BY THE WAY I AGREE MOST OF THE TIME YOU SPEAF ABOUT LUBBOK BUT THERE SURE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE IN THE U.S. WHO NEED HELP. THANKS
We always enjoy listening to your "Consider This Segment". The one on the current water restrictions here in Lubbock was very good and really hit the nail on the head. I heard an apology from the city tonight, on the Channel 11 news, and I can't help but think that your statement helped to generate the apology from the city. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK !!
I read alot of the comments sent in as a response to Jackson's little speach but I ask, how many of them are guilty of overwatering there grass and letting it run down the street. How many are guilty of washing cars when it really could have waited. How many leaking faucets are out there? The city has been talking about growing water concerns for the past few years yet not very many people have paid any attention to the warnings, they continue to waste water even now. If yu ask me the citizens as a whole are acting like abunch of spoiled brats. Grow up and accept some responsibility for a change and most of all stop wasting water and make due with what you have and quit complaining and be thankful that we still have water to drink. The grass comes later! Be thankful that the city is growing and quit complaining about the growing pains. Brats!!!!
I am just writting to tell you (Dan Jackson) that since I do not live in Lubbock and really don't have much to say bad about Lubbock (besides there drivers are CRAZY!!!), I do however love all the points that you make. I love how you seem to not care whose toes you step on to get the facts out to the public and tell it how it is. Maybe you need to run for a council postion. I think you would be great at it. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!!
What about the city swimmimg pools? City is making money that's how they make some of their money in the summer, so whats the problem with landscapers and irrigation service companies making their money?
Now there has been reports of citizens opening fire hydrants and leaving them opened alnight on 6-16-07. The brunt of our water problems can be blamed on poor planning and the recent rains. Now who is responsible for this gross waste of water at 71st and Genoa and at 69th and Canton. Just as Jackson got his little self on TV news downing the city. He needs to go right back on the news and tell the citizens to be more responsible and considerate of other citizens by not continuing to waste water as they are doing. People are still watering grass which has been seen running down the street out on the southwest side of town. Who is going to hold the citezens themselves responsible for there actions. I'm looking forward to seeing Jackson on TV railing on the citezens of Lubbock as he railed on water utilities. Otherwise he needs to keep his lopsided opinions to himself.
Dan, I think that your commentary on the water issue was right on target! Good job - I couldn't agree more!
I wholeheartedly agree with your comments regarding the city's lack of planning/notification on the watering ban. It seems like the city government and certain employees have made several decisions without concern or even care for the citizens.
I am with the majority of the people of this city concerning the watering restrictions imposed on us. I very strongly believe, since they began the freeway project, that the city of lubbock has neglected its very people that make this great city what it is. As far as I'm concerned the freeway should have been the last thing on the people that run this citys mind knowing that we needed to get water from some where. Our great engineers should have known that this was going to be a problem with the water supply even before they started this project. The city should have had a plan in place to start pumping water from somewhere so that we did not have to go through this.This should have been our top priority. Not some freeway. Or red light cameras at that. These people that run this city are worried about the wrong thing. Sure it will be alright once this freeway is finished. But it is going to come at a very big cost.The small business owners cost. I don't believe, for one minute, that these restrictions will be lifted any time soon. For the simple fact is that that is how things work. The people or represenitives that run this city are out for there best interest. Not anyone elses. Because if they WERE looking out for us then we would not be going through this. God Bless us all.
Exactly right on line. The city Engineer needs to be fired!!! There are other solutions than moving a water line in the summer months. How does the city justify raising taxes with dead grass in front of your house?
Watering ban is latest Lubbock Lulu! Bout ready to move! Soon we'll be back to the days when there wasn't a tree in sight here...just a lot of brown!!!!
I feel that the water ban was from a gross lack of responsible city government. When a city council is more interested in red light income than in intrested it's citizens, we have a big problem. We need a new city manager now. Who is the council working for the citizens or the city employees?
Boy, do I agree with you! And how about those city employees getting paid to stop people from running water on the streets? What a joke! There's more water on the streets of Lubbock every morning than there is in Seattle. The shopping center at the South Loop and Slide (Michael's, Pet Smart, etc.) has been dumping water on the service road there almost every morning for at least 10 years. Guess what, it was there today and yesterday at 6:30 am, water restrictions or not. I figure the mayor must have an investment in that center. Anyway, the residential areas are worse.
I talked with McDougal when he was mayor and he said he would never impose fines for wasting water here. I guess the same mentality is still there. I am so sick of driving through water where ever I go in the mornings! In the winter, there at the South Loop, it's downright dangerous since they don't stop for freezing weather. The bottom line is this city is losing water by the thousands of gallons every summer morning (I don't think that's an exaggeration) and it's tearing up our streets also.
That brings up another subject. Ask the city how much money has been spent on concrete the past 10 years. You see, they have to pour concrete at hundreds of intersections because they were constantly torn up by....you guessed it! Water! I live just off of Chicago on 84th and they had to pour concrete lanes across Chicago so the water could run across it (also 83rd, 85th, 86th, etc). Then there's the really expensive ones like 82nd and Slide. Ask them how much that cost.
By the way, the much touted city ordinance is also a joke. It's legal to run as many gallons down the drain as you like as long as you do it within the time limits, and by having the morning limit as late as it is, streets under water every morning are guaranteed.
Thanks for listening to my rant.
You hit the nail on the head. As usual a decision was made without a thought of anything or anyone else at all. All I can say is that when election time comes again there might be a whole new city council. P.S. Dan Jackson for mayor.
Mr. Jackson, While the landscapers and nurseries are taking a big hit over the water ban what is being done about the car wash businesses? If it is considered nonessential to wash your own car in your own driveway than shouldn't it be deemed nonessential water use to go to any of the local businesses and pay for them to do it? These guys aren't being pinched out of business and they really are wasting water right now. I do know that the mobile wash businesses are mostly using water from outside the city and have to follow special restrictions for collection of the water they use so they are within the guidelines but why are Quick Quack and Extreme to name a few still doing business as usual?
I believe the City Counsel is on auto pilot. I mean they are doing nothing! I don't think they know what a cost analysis is or one would have been completed before they brought that club. I don't understand why we pay a severance pay to someone we fired. If and I say if our counsel members helped get someone fired they should have included the City Manager and the Asst. City Manager.
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