Harrisonburg should invest in the IoT era. Technology is advancing and so is the world with it. Harrisonburg would greatly benefit from free wifi in a expanded area of Harrisonburg. The city should be "updated" by becoming a "Smart City". Sensors should be placed where data can be collected and used to improve the city. From wzter pipes to public parks and even the streets. Busstops should be outfitted with screens that displays the information from the Internet. Buildings should aslo be covered with appealing solar panels to power many things throughout the city for free that visitors and residents of Harrisonburg could use. Like maybe a info booth placed throughout hburg that helps displays info about Harrisonburg.
It would be helpful if at each bus stop, you post the route for each bus that stops at that location. Combined with information from online applications riders could select the buses that would work for them and they could also find out when the next bus will arrive.
Why is this not in our down town yet?
Prescreen, limit to 1 per police car, per week to begin. Allow Harrisonburg citizens to ride along on patrols with officers. You now refer to your "a cup with a cop" as community policing. This could be an addition to that ongoing --and obviously successful-- outreach effort.
I would like to see a "No Right Turn on Red" sign installed where the I-81S exit (exit 245) intersects with Port Republic Road. I am a runner and have been struck by a vehicle turning right on red while legally crossing with the crosswalk sign. My spouse was also rear-ended at the same intersection by a motorist seeking to turn right on red and not paying attention to our car in front of him. I hear similar reports from other residents.
When the new City Hall is built, what should happen to the Municipal Building? It's one of the most important historic buildings in town and is centrally located. How could it become a focus for the community? We need public spaces for events downtown. Some have suggested a "Harrisonburg Museum." A public private partnership? Heritage tourism? How could we create a place that honors our past and helps to shape our future?
Particularly the 600 block of Myrtle St. and on Sterling Street for a safe route to school for children
The City is currently planning the construction of a multi-million dollar middle school to accommodate the growing number of student in our school system. I believe that the City should take a long-term view of the cost and usefulness of this building, and as such should strive to make it LEED certified (or equivalent) and a Net Zero Energy Building, meaning that it produces as much energy each year (on average) as it uses. Doing so would decrease the long-term costs to taxpayers, insulate the City from future increases in energy prices, promote sustainability, and enhance our children's educational experiences by creating a modern, forwarding looking building that incorporates scientifically and technologically sound building practices. Depending on the financing mechanism chosen, a LEED/Net Zero building need cost very little or no more initially than a conventional building, though I would encourage the City to focus more on long-term costs than simply the bottom dollar up front. If we as taxpayers have to invest a few extra dollars now in order to save many more dollars for years (decades) to come, isn't that the best choice?
The architects have been selected, but the school design has not yet been set. The firm chosen has experience in energy efficiency, renewable energy, and LEED, including with K-12 schools. Please join me in asking our School Board, City Council, and other city leaders to make the new middle school LEED/Net Zero. It is the best choice for our city, our children, and our future prosperity.
For more thoughts about why a Net Zero middle school would be a good idea, see this blog entry by a local architect with expertise in this area: http://harrisonburgarchitect.wordpress.com/2013/11/06/why-build-a-zeb-middle-school-in-harrisonburg/
The new website you've introduced to provide an open forum for ideas/opinions is probably a welcome idea. May I suggest you take it a step further and publish, in the DNR, a column you might call "The Vent". The Atlanta Journal Constitution publishes such a column once a week and it is quite popular. Readers send in short sentences containing their thoughts, both pro/con, about issues they're concerned about, or are mad about, or are happy about. Have a look: The Vent | Metro | ajc.com www.ajc.com/vent/ Everyone likes to be noticed (heard)...giving readers an insight into what other readers are thinking. Thanks, Barbara Goode
It seems to be helping this town and the video better describes it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sf-O5o4aqcs