The residents living around Escondido Drive in west El Paso had their meeting with some of the city’s staff Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 6PM.
One of the attendees gave us an earful about what happened.
This is what we understood from the resident:
Evidently the meeting started with a city employee thanking everyone for their attendance and then informing the crowd (60 or so people) that the purpose of the meeting was to inform the public about what the city is going to do (in other words the decisions have already been made).
It went downhill from there.
The presenter then told the group that questions would not be taken until the city people were through making their presentation.
The project was categorized as “the restriping of Escondido”. It was explained that restriping involves considering changes that have occurred since the last painting as well as other things that the staff thinks are a good idea. Oh, and by the way, staff is required to consider the city’s adopted bicycle plan when restriping. But the crowd needed to understand that this was really just a maintenance issue and new bicycle paths were just incidental to the project.
That explanation flies in the face of the letter that the city sent selectively to some residents:
Some residents informed the staff that the design that will be implemented is defective and then pointed out ways that bicycles could be accommodated without destroying traffic flow and endangering safety. City staff evidently argued aggressively with some of the citizens.
At one point a resident asked “How do we stop this?”. He was told that staff would not stop implementation but that the residents would have to take the matter up with city council.
We deserve better