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Robert Rivera, Just a local resident of this beautiful city. 3 months ago
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Dear Public Works :

To reduce traffic fatalities in the city of Austin I feel we need merge lane signs. Austin, Texas is the only city I have been to in America where I have not seen any merge lane signs or symbols on the road that indicate a lane is merging. I feel the lack of merge lane signs is a public safety issue and threat to motorist.

I have lived in Austin only a year and I have witnessed many horrible accidents on the road simple due to the fact no warning or indicator exist that a lane is going to merge. The lack of signs and transparency of a merging lane creates a tense atmosphere on the highways and streets of Austin especially when its raining and all of a sudden lanes merge at high speeds with no notice.

The city of Austins population is still growing and with this come more accidents. The lack of merge lane signs poses harm to the families and the people of Austin and I hope this issue in the future will be confronted so we can keep our streets safe.I do not mean to step on anyone's toes but I feel that if we do not tackle this issue that in the future we could be creating more of a work load for fire dept. EMS and police as the population grows in these next few years.

While there is money to be made in accidents for the city and state and federal government and the corporations running hospitals we should never compromise the safety of drivers for a mere buck. If there is a lack of road improvement I feel that our contributory negligence to these road hazards will one day stain the conscious of those that knew they could of worked more to protect our community. Respectively submitted.

Sincerely,

Robert Rivera

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The city of Austin, is growing every year and the illegal popping of fireworks in the city is growing with it, this past new years eve was the worse yet that I've ever experienced in the 57 years I've lived here. It seems to do no good calling 311 as there are ridiculously too many for them to handle all cases. Something has to be done it's gotten way out of hand. The city has in place a program that allows civilians to take in order to write citations to those that violate handicap parking why not implement a program that would allow the same for popping of illegal fireworks in the city?

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Alfredo De La Cruz 3 months ago

Since Austin is a mostly a liberal city, most Austinites would agree that a free college education would only help our country progress. Nonetheless, this city alone can't change this national problem. What we can do, however, is make sure these concerns about our educational system are heard by politicians, so that they are aware that this is a major issue that negatively affects not only liberals but the nation as a whole.

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I have noticed, over the last seven years living here in Austin, that the culture of driving has become less courteous, more rushed, more honking, etc.

It seems that a source of this shift may be the many, many people who are not from Texas who have moved to Austin very recently. These new residents  come from different driving cultures all over our country.

I am writing to suggest that the Transportation Department strategically place signs around Austin with the gentle reminder, "Drive friendly, the Texas way." 

When I moved to Texas seven years ago, this simple and lovely message encouraged me to improve the friendliness of my driving. I feel that, if drivers new to Austin see this heartfelt message during their daily commute, they will be more likely to take it to heart themselves.

Thank you very much for your time and consideration.  Please, if you would, pass along this message to any appropriate parties.

My hope is that Austin, as it grows so very rapidly, may preserve the small-town culture of courteous, friendly driving that I encountered when I first moved here. 

Hello, my name is Rommy Qattom and I'm currently a student at UT Austin. A few weeks ago, I along with a few of my peers (James Poston, Kirsa Brogdon, and Helen Galli) created an event at UT Austin about improving solid waste management at and around the UT Campus. The purpose of the event was to increase awareness about the importance of proper solid waste management and to have participants generate solutions to improve solid waste management at and around UT. We decided to share the solutions that the participants made with the Austin community in the hope that doing so will help increase their chances of being implemented and to hear what you all have to think about them. Solutions to improve solid waste management at and around UT: 1.) Mandatory program for UT Austin students similar to Alcoholedu that will increase awareness about the importance of proper solid waste management and educate people on what is recyclable and compostable and what is not. 2.) Increase the amount of recycling bins and try and place one next to every currently existing trash can 3.)Place infographics in student dorms that educate students on how to properly recycle 4.)Organize a competition between buildings/colleges at UT in which the different buildings/colleges would compete to achieve the highest recycling diversion rate 5.)Make recycle bins and trash cans see-through 6.) Facts or images on trash and recycling bins that show the importance of recycling 7.) Increase frequency of routes and maintenance 8.) At the UT orientation, administrators can express the campus’s goals to improve solid waste management and show the changes 9.) Have the city and UT showcase litter art and organize activities that increase environmental awareness 10.) More easily accessible trash cans should be put outside of businesses specifically on Guadalupe along West Campus all the way up to 29th in order to allow more waste to be taken off of the streets. As the current situation shows, the current do not hold enough trash, and do not contain the trash well.
11.) Sustainable urban “agrihoods” can be produced through urban farming initiatives. Please let us know what you all think and thank you !

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I noticed the iron ground covers at the base of some trees are too small and the trees are being choked. Please upgrade these or put stones down like in other areas.

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Eric Parker 5 months ago

Stop adding taxes and fees for every pet project to the electric bill. Austin’s municipal power monopoly means new taxes and fees may be levied as an administrative action without input or approval by voters - essentially disenfranchising Austin’s citizens. This must stop! The city should either privatize Austin power (the best alternative), or pass an ordinance preventing non-power generation charges from being assessed. Most communities in Texas enjoy deregulated power at a much lower cost per Kwh than Austin (Dallas residents can enjoy 5 - 6 cents/Kwh vs. the 12 cents from my most recent CoAustin bill). If all these extra fees are a good idea, then they should be able to stand on their own merits.

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You could have police officers actually write tickets and impound cars when drivers without insurance hit someone. Right now there are zero consequences for them. I have a better chance of getting a speeding ticket than the police actually giving any consequences to a driver who hits another car or person without insurance. Who is the real hazard? Make tougher consequences.

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