Rapid Response

August 5, 2010

The City Council passed a resolution at its July 6 meeting opposing a countywide increase in taxes to fund public safety. What do you think of this resolution?

I’m sure they had their reasons.

— Trina Sooy, Newcastle

It is impossible to place a price on public safety services, but I totally support this resolution in view of our current economic downturn. The City Council has a tough job of making sure we don’t overspend while balancing the city’s budget.

— Thomas Tan, Newcastle

I’m all for improving public safety. I would like to know specifically what that means for Newcastle.

— Troy Anderson, Newcastle

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July 1, 2010

At its June 15 meeting, the City Council voted to have the Parks Commission explore options for allowing dogs off leashes in city parks. This could involve creating a fenced dog park or designating times of day when dogs are allowed off their leashes in parks. If you were on the Parks Commission, what would you suggest the city do to give dogs an opportunity to get off their leashes?

I think that the dog park is a great idea. I don’t like the idea of having it at only certain times of the day, though. It should be open at all hours for off-leash dogs if we’re going to do it at all.

— Steve Hegenderfer, Newcastle

Several years ago, a resident had their dog off the leash at Lake Boren Park. The dog ran up and bit my then-6-year-old daughter on the face. In all fairness, that could happen whether they are on or off a leash, but animals can be very unpredictable, even to their owners. For me, it would come down to whether the rules are “fenced in” well enough!

— Kandy Schendel, Newcastle

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June 3, 2010

What should the city be sure to include in this year’s Newcastle Days festival scheduled for Sept. 11?

The city should try to make Newcastle Days a revenue-generating event for the taxpayers. It would attract many more people to have a well-marketed craft/art festival, like Salmon Days in Issaquah or the Marymoor Park Art Fair in Redmond. It should also include more live music acts and a variety of food vendors.

— Christopher and Michelle Epping, Newcastle

Many years ago, the Aphrodisiacs played in the evening. Since they are a well-known cover band, not only our community attended, but many of their loyal fans and followers. It’d be great to get a good band that would attract people from all around to our celebration and our great city!

— Trina Sooy, Newcastle

Showcase/celebrate local business, talents and accomplishments.

— Thomas Tan, Newcastle

Bouncy houses!

— Angelica Buri, Newcastle

I would like to see local groups and businesses bring displays that would interest people, celebrate what’s good in Newcastle, provide helpful information and propose and describe solutions to local problems.

— Peggy Price, Newcastle

Activities for teens should be included. There are always activities for younger children, but the teens are left out. They would enjoy a teen-sized version of the bounce houses, or sumo wrestling suits or other things of that nature.

— Valerie Young, Newcastle

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May 7, 2010

Thanks to State Sen. Randy Gordon, $325,000 of the state capital budget will go to buy Newcastle a new Lake Boren Park playground. What features do you think the playground should include?

Oh, the possibilities. I love the playground set up at Coulon, since there’s one for the bigger kids and one for the smaller tykes. My anxiety level goes down knowing my little ones won’t be trampled by the much bigger and older kids there.

— Trina Sooy, Newcastle

Great news! I’m hopeful there is a little something for all ages.

— Troy Anderson, Newcastle

An area with soft-rubber padding on ground, which can be used for yoga, tai chi and other like exercises, or one that features a themed landscape and kids-friendly play sculptures. We could also use a few more benches throughout the park.

— Quyen Tang, Newcastle

A climbing wall would be terrific.

— Suzi Beerman

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