Anti Round-About forces marshaling for Aug 20 Town Hall Meeting
Social media was fired up on Friday as a picture of Supervisor Veerkamp's Town Hall Invitation that had been altered and redistributed by anti roundabout forces. Although people did take the opportunity to ridicule the glaring misspelling in the title, most of the dialog was about why they were finding out about the meeting for the first time on Facebook with a spirited debate on roundabouts in general.
The notice read:
YOUR INVITED TO THE Diamond Springs/El Dorado Community Town Hall Meeting with Supervisor Veerkamp
- When: Wednesday August 20, 2014 6pm.
- Where: Union Mine High School - Library
- Who's invited: Residents and Business Owners within the following areas: Historic Diamond Springs — Historic El Dorado — Missouri Flat Business District — North Side Missouri Flat/Education Center (EDC Office of Education/E1 Dorado Center)
- Why: We have identified above, four distinct and unique portions of the Diamond Springs/El Dorado area. We have an opportunity to start a process within each to develop the community's vision for what the future growth and development might look like. Do you want to develop an advisory area plan? Or, do you not? Are you willing to work within an organized approach to establish a vision for the future? Or, do you think things are fine as-is? Tell us! Be a part of it — have a voice!
- Speakers: Supervisor Veerkamp — Shawna Purvines, EDC Long Range Planning
Rsvp: Supervisor Veerkamp's Assistant: Kathy: 530.621.5652 or email: KathN.firstname.lastname@example.org - Please rsvp by Friday August 15th
Lisa posted: "I can't get past the 'your' invited. Do these people even grammar?" That post got 24 likes right away. This prompted an entertaining exchange with commonly misspelled words but it soon turned serious as David wrote: "Roundabouts do have there place, but what possibly could be the reason for putting one there?"
Some echoed this with comments like, Mellanie's "Can't help but comment this time.....please tell me that is not so.....what kind of imbicile thought this up..."
James added, "Roundabouts are all the rage in California now. For some reason we are trying to be European. Sweet way to increase intersection accidents though."
Planning Commissioner and District two Supervisor candidate David Pratt added:
"Traffic studies keep showing roundabouts as safer with fewer accidents. There are no immediate plans for a roundabout in El Dorado. The one from the mobility study is an alternative and the other options are superior solutions for the town and the local businesses. The next Caltrans project in our area for a roundabout is in Plymouth next year." But he went on to say that he was neither advocating for or against, that he was only adding information into the public discourse.
Many others liked the idea and made comments like Laura's "I happen to be a fan of the Round Abouts and the $ they bring us."
But taxpayer critics countered comments like:
"The truth be told: There is a pot of State $$$ from auto related taxes that can be claimed by local jurisdictions like Placerville and EDC by doing a project that reduces air pollution from autos. There is no doubt that the start/stop cycle in a car/truck causes them to run in the least efficient manner, so a Round-about does meet the criteria. But that is it folks...it has nothing to do with anything else. All related subjects to the core issue of FREE money are simply window dressings. The problem that many of us have is that FREE money to a municipality is not FREE to us taxpayers! Add to that that the proposed projects don't match the culture of the county nor has any real need demonstrated (outside of air pollution issues). I want the county to grow and evolve but I want it to keep its culture as well. Needless road changes that are not in line with the historic context of our county, installed just to meet the desires of liberal legislators in Sacramento, would be a big step forward in having that historic culture start circling the drain like a car lost in a round about."
Regardless of the agenda not calling out the roundabout, it is clear that it will be a subject at the Town Hall meeting on August 20.
More information about the El Dorado Roundabout can be found here: http://inedc.com/1-7842
You can follow the Facebook conversation here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ElDoradoCOWatch/525771534191309/