By far the most important topic. Black Diamond is an awesome community, whether you are in Old Town, Morgan Creek, Historic Downtown, or Ten Trails, it is an awesome community to raise a family. In our community I feel comfortable my son wants to walk by himself to the elementary school or to play outside unsupervised. I intend to keep it that way
We all deserve to feel save in our community. While we have laws that protect our safety and wellbeing, we need the police force to enforce violators of those laws. With the growth that we have seen in recent years, our police department has seen increased calls and criminal activity. As our little city grows, so should our public safety officers
God forbid that we should ever need their services, but when a medical or fire emergency does occur, we need them! We need them to respond quickly, with the right personnel, with the right training and equipment. As discussed before, as our town grows, so does the need for these services. We need to be ready and able to make those increases.
While I do consider our little community safe, there are a handful of upgrades that are needed immediately. Crosswalks, sidewalks, proper intersections, and even bike lanes are all necessary upgrades that help drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians get to their destination safely.
Take a trip down Roberts Road and it will be immediately apparent. In many areas it feels like you are actually off-roading it is so bad and in serious need of maintenance, if not, a complete replacement.
Smack dab in the middle of our small town, runs a major highway connecting Enumclaw, Black Diamond, and Maple Valley with
I-405, Bellevue, and Seattle. This traffic system needs to be modernized and improved.
One pleasure of our small town atmosphere is the ability to walk down the road and enjoy natural beauty. However, in many areas in our town, there is no sidewalk, no shoulder, no place for pedestrians to safety walk along our streets. Further, cross walks are few and far between. The ones that we do have are poorly marked.
Bicyclists, like pedestrians, are also forced to place themselves in the line of fire with vehicular traffic. Along with the modifications for pavement, sidewalks, traffic controls, we need designated bike paths to promote bicycling safety.
With the ~ 2,000 acres currently approved for development, I think that we have given up just about enough forest land and open space for development. Time to start saying "NO"!
Between Lake Sawyer, wetlands, and the various creeks and surface water bodies in the area, we need to make sure that our residents, our commercial and industrial companies, and construction have protections in place to protect our water resources.
In the past two years, developers at Ten Trails have increased our city's population by roughly 2,000. Over the next 10 years, it is likely that number will increase to over 10,000. At this point, the developments are here to stay, so we need to make sure that we work with the developers to ensure that everything is done right the first time.
The long overdue retail expansion is still on hold. We are leaving potential sales tax revenue on the table. I would like to see the city and the developers come together and get this phase of the development going.
Growth of our community is a good thing. It increases property values and helps our economy. BUT! It needs to be monitored, it needs to be at a reasonable pace. Too much growth, too quickly will over stress our infrastructure and public services. We need to make sure that our roads, sidewalks, police and fire departments, educational facilities, mass transit, city hall, etc. - All public services are upgraded and can keep up with the growth.
Lets simplify this, shall we? We all want these things. Better roads, better sidewalks, to feel safe in our community - its hard for anyone to deny these things.
However, there will come a time when the City Council will vote on various topics that are controversial. Topics include:
When those items come up for a vote, you want to be sure that you have the right person on the City Council - the one that puts safety before profits and prioritizes Black Diamond residents before outsiders.
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