Drinking water: City's National Forest reservoir water is probably some of the most healthy/cleanest in Va.; a key treasure. Concerns: the Oct. 29 City Council work meeting, there were many signs that City should complete a "full water study": 1-rate structure (since~1988?) actually *discourages conservation; 2-staff seemed unsure what City's "Musts & Wants" were to future; 3-most USA systems have or now plan pro-active, practical ways to drive down water average + peak demands plus ways to drive down their high *fixed costs (automation, upgrades, billing every 2 months); but, none were mentioned; 4-City should try hard to *avoid the ~$25 Million cost (in~10 years?) to install a big water pipe thru County to Shenandoah River (S. Fork; McGaheysville) +costly treatment equipment (Shen. water has lots of agr. runoff, bacteria, viruses, etc.;); 5- customers get triple benefits- since each gallon conserved also lowers costly sewer charges, which are rising fast; 6- +etc. benefits- TBD.
Once a year thousands of Harrisonburgonians make a small donation to the BIG ONE FUND, and a selected organization receives the one time only donation. This is a way for innovative ideas to get off the ground with start-up funds, or a value-added program to get off the ground in an established organization. 2000 donations of $10 is $20,000! A diverse committee of Hburg resident volunteers would select the project from submissions. In fact, we could limit the donation to $10 so that the goal becomes involving as many community members as possible in the effort. A non-profit could facilitate the work, while the City, School Board, and local businesses and United Way could promote the effort among employees. Criteria might include: How big an impact will this new program or organization have on our community (or those in need, if the program is international)? How many people would benefit? Does it contribute to longterm sustainable development? Is it an innovative solution to a real problem?
I'd love to see more sidewalks, bike paths, etc. along our roads. I find myself walking on or beside busy roads, Country Club for example, with no sidewalk. It seems more and more cities are trending towards non-vehicular access and infrastructure. I'd be proud to see Harrisonburg lead the way in the valley.
I have been to other c ities where food trucks are very popular. Ours are tucked away in obscure places. Why not have a space where they can be front and center? I do recognize they might be in places now that serve their clients better- maybe I would just like to be inviting to more of them!