First, Tuesday I voted to send the proposed condo development Hyde Park, slated for 69th and Wells back to committee. My reasoning behind this was pretty simple; the neighbors don't want it. I have promised never to forget that I was elected by the people for the people. Many elected officials forget this, I won't. Earlier this week I wrote a little blurb about 6502 W. North Avenue and how some had said that any development was better than what was there...not true. A check cashing business would have been detrimental to out neighborhood. I think the same applies to the corner of 68th and Wells, this proposed development isn't the right fit. Let's do this right.
Let's talk about the flooding. Thursday night at 7pm I was barefoot with my pants rolled up to my knees in the middle of the intersection of 70th and Meinecke on my cell phone desperately trying to get some city crew out to do anything. A crew did show up eventually but the flood water was already going down. This neighborhood keeps getting pounded and we need to find out why. Something somewhere isn't right. That being said, last Thursday's rain were epic, I doubt that any city could have sustained what we received without any damage. Finally on a high note yesterday was the inaugural Chili'n on the Avenue. To say the event was successful would be a little modest. It was magnificent. I was proud to be an East Tosan yesterday. I was humbled to be a small part of the group that organized the event, and I was honored to have been a chili judge. I can't wait till next year, its gonna be even better!