By Mayor Felix Callicotte
The Clifton Town Council must address challenges in a systematic fashion, and must seek the maximum amount of public input in that process. We understand that decisions that have been made or future decisions that will be made will not sit well with a particular faction or group. The Council cannot and will not please everyone and also recognizes that the Council must represent the current residents of Clifton while trying to forecast the interests of those of us who will live here in the future. We believe the Council has made decisions that are sound and that respect the wishes of the majority. The Council listens carefully and only makes decisions after seeking information and input.
As always, we appreciate your responses to this column and are pleased by the many who have commented on their thoughts and issues. To our knowledge all have been addressed and there are happier people out there because they shared their concerns with us. We cannot resolve an issue if we are unaware of it. Traffic problems, noise nuisance, animal control issues and uneven sidewalks … Whatever is irking you … let us know.
Public Works ~ Parks and Recreation
Clifton’s Public Works personnel perform their job functions within the Town’s confines. Public Works crews are responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of all town vehicles, buildings, streets and sidewalk maintenance. Department personnel also perform residential trash removal services as well as landscape debris pickup and removal.
The Town of Clifton also utilizes the “Clifton Cleanup Crew” comprised of ADOC inmates who work hard maintaining the RV Park, maintaining town owned green spaces and in the cleanup tasks around the town. We have received many compliments on Tony Ortega’s crew on their on-going efforts keeping the RV Park and the Town’s public parks clean in addition to assisting the Town’s Public Works crews when called on.
We want to thank both Larry Barela and Tony Ortega along with their charges who are keeping Clifton clean to get the proper recognition for a job well done.
Community Block Grant
The Community Development Block Grant [CDBG] is one of the longest-running programs of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development [HUD]. This grant funds community facilities, housing, public services and infrastructure and economic development activities. CDBG, like other block grant programs, differ from categorical grants, made for specific purposes, in that they are subject to less federal oversight and are largely used at the discretion of the local government.
CDBG funds flow annually from HUD to the state. From the state, funds go through regional councils of governments then are distributed to rural, local and county governments. Local and county elected officials decide which projects to fund locally.
The Town of Clifton is expected to receive approximately $100,000 in FY2017 Federal CDBG funds. The town may also apply for the next or all future CDBG from the State special projects [SSP].
We invite and encourage the town’s residents to attend the public meetings to gather additional citizen input on the use of CBDG funds.
Distracted Driving ~ Millennials:
Teenagers have always had the reputation of being the most reckless drivers on the road, but there is now new evidence that shifts that line of thinking. Millennials are now considered the worst motorists, according to a study and survey conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.
Results found that millennials are more likely to do the following while operating a vehicle: exceed the speed limit by 10 to 15 miles per hour; run a red light; read or send a text message; and finally, be high on marijuana.
Within the last 30 days, over 88 percent of the millennial drivers admitted they had either run a red light or texted while driving. In comparison with other age groups, it had been found that millennials were 1.6 times more likely to read or send a text message or email, and more than twice as likely to speed in a school zone.
In 2015, the number of people killed in car crashes was a staggering 35,092, which is a 7.2 percent increase of the previous year. “Some of the drivers, ages 19 to 24, believe that their dangerous driving behavior is acceptable.” David Yang, Executive Director of AAA Foundation for Traffic and Safety. Yang also stated that, “It’s critical that these drivers understand the potentially deadly consequences… and that they change their behavior and attitudes in order to reduce the number of fatalities on U.S. roads.”
So, next time you hit the road, please be cautious and aware at all times. Do not text and drive. Do not speed or run red lights. Be smart and alert when you’re behind the wheel, because your life could be changed in a single instant.
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