My three children are now grown and participated in many activities through the years. My wife and I have been involved with school functions, Little League, swim team, theater and other activities along the way. I think of innumerable individuals that I personally would like to thank for their involvement with my children. Clarksville has been a great place to live and to know the community.
I would like to acknowledge my neighbors who have been most kind and always helpful. My wife would occasionally tease that I would spend more time with the neighbors, hanging over-the-fence and solving the problems of the world than I would spend with her.
It is sad now that the children have grown; that I am seeing things change so much. During I lost two of my very good neighbor friends to cancer. Recently, another neighbor and I acknowledged the changes that are occurring. I was once one of the young and now am becoming one of the older, the grayer, the more wrinkled and maybe just a bit worn down.
I have not been greatly involved with Town politics and must concede that there is much I do not understand. I care about the people of my neighborhood, my Clarksville. I also care about what we are doing to make the community better. I live along the Eastern Boulevard corridor and I am extremely saddened that things are in such disrepair. I realize that as a community ages and just as people age, the streets, buildings and byways become crusty, gray, wrinkled and worn down.
While I have lost near and dear neighbor-friends, those left do what is necessary to keep our homes and yards in good repair. Even with those who have passed there is youthful excitement for new home buyers. I look for a revitalized spirit to maintain certain standards of excellence. The processing plant for sewer waste is reaching limited capacity.
Knowing this, our Council has considered more development of the Veterans Parkway area around the Old Colonial Inn property. Is the town reserving capacity for revitalization of the Eastern Boulevard corridor? Once the capacity is used, then what of the development of our Eastern Boulevard Community?
If the town does care about Eastern Boulevard corridor development then sewer-utility capacity must be reserved! The easiest way for our Town Council to handle issues is to initiate a committee. In some cases, there are committees that report to other committees.
In my opinion, this is merely an easy way for not accepting responsibility. I have noticed that the Council has recently appointed, or reappointed department heads. The department heads are salaried!
A salaried employee is committed to their assigned activities hours-per-day, days-per-year. A salaried employee must be committed to get the job done! Even if thinking of what needs to be done next, the job is neverending! Do any of our Town employees have jobs elsewhere, full or part-time?
If a salaried Town employee has other jobs then the community is being short changed. I would imagine that there is a job description for each of the salaried jobs and question that they the job descriptions may need to be updated. I can imagine that there are monthly, annual and multi-year goals established for each Town salaried employee.
I question if there may be a problem with city planning or possibly a failure to plan at all? There could be grants available. The indicated decision was that the project would proceed without a grant-money application. I understand this decision although considering that this project was planned before Veterans Parkway began. I question why grant money was not applied for many years ago? Suggestions vary as to which side of the street a sidewalk should be on or both sides to whether a streetlight is on one corner or the next.
As a resident and taxpayer, my interest in the Eastern Boulevard corridor is just as relevant as any property owner along Eastern Boulevard. My interests are equally relevant. The adjacent Eastern Boulevard property owners do not own Eastern Boulevard anymore than I own the street in front of my house! Committees are fine but they are biased. The decisions made in the end are the responsibility of our Town Board. Christmas has recently passed and in my earliest memory there were Christmas decorations along the Eastern Boulevard corridor.
But, there were no decorations for Christmas ! I question if this an indication that the community is in the process of dying? Louis Girten lives in Clarksville and welcomes responses by emailing lgirten gmail.