Will Merydith

Will Merydith

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11 years ago @ Fairfield Voice - Super Walmart At Odds ... · 0 replies · +1 points

Approved. Apparently the Council doesn't vote on it, the Board of Adjustment simply approves or denies and that's that.

Jeff has been quick to return emails, but when I asked him how the board determines which variances to approve or not, he did not (yet) reply.

11 years ago @ Fairfield Voice - Super Walmart At Odds ... · 0 replies · 0 points

Reply from Jeff Clawson, Fairfield Iowa City Administrator

"Walmart is requesting a variance in the size of their individual parking spaces. There proposal is slightly smaller than the city code.

They are also requesting a variance in the size of the sign(s). The signs they typically install are larger than what our existing code allows."

11 years ago @ Fairfield Voice - Super Walmart At Odds ... · 0 replies · 0 points

It was pointed out to me that this comment was deleted. That was probably my fault while moderating spam the other day from my iPhone. Sorry for the confusion, comment has been restored.

12 years ago @ Fairfield Voice - Burlington Avenue Bike... · 1 reply · +2 points

Bike Lanes:

Technically they aren't bike lanes according to the City Council and Mayor. I supported "bike lanes", and one of things I find frustrating is that since they aren't officially bikes lanes, they're aren't clear rules and signage to inform the public on how they are to be used.

I use them to bike and I find them much safer than the side roads. On the side streets there are potholes, driveways, lots of yields and more erratic driving - all of which are tense for a cyclist.

The "bike lanes" on 34 could be made safer by implementing proper rules and signage, but as they exist now I would say they are safer than alternate routes.

Congestion:

I guess it's all relative. I drive 34 in both the 9am, noon and 5pm "rush hours". The light at Burlington and Main backs up both East and West about a block, but I'm guessing it's adding maybe 15 seconds to the commute, if that. Compared to Des Moines, Iowa City, even Burlington or Ottumwa, the traffic on Burlington runs quick.

12 years ago @ Fairfield Voice - Fairfield City Council... · 1 reply · +2 points

Maybe the Quiet Zone team needs to re-brand this "The Safety Zone". A lot of the reading I've done on other towns that have implemented these changes has focused on the safety improvements first, and the reduced noise as a welcome side effect.

12 years ago @ GazetteOnline.com - Council supports backy... · 0 replies · +1 points

Of course they will! That's the next logical step. I mean we're allowed to have dogs, so it's only a matter of time before they approve dog fights and backyard puppy mills. Right?

/end sarcasm

12 years ago @ GazetteOnline.com - Council supports backy... · 0 replies · +3 points

You're comparing chickens to cows and pigs?

That's like me saying "hey you have Cats, so I should be allowed to have Alligators."

12 years ago @ GazetteOnline.com - Council supports backy... · 0 replies · +2 points

Exactly. The priorities in this country are backwards.

12 years ago @ Fairfield Voice - Why You Should Reject ... · 0 replies · +1 points

I am going to close down comments on this page. I encourage everyone to support the decision and if you feel like speaking up, please do so by congratulating Mark Cohen and the FACC team on Mark's victory announcement:http://www.fairfieldvoice.com/2010/05/05/the-vote...

Stayed tuned for our next lighting rod topic . . .

12 years ago @ Fairfield Voice - Why You Should Reject ... · 0 replies · +1 points

Andrew that is simply untrue.