In it was discussed many items. From the future calendar of events for the parks to improvements, like the mention of covers for the playground areas, a water fountain and bathroom at Windsong Park (that would be greatly appreciated).
Highlights of coming events over the rest of the year:
- June 21st, Movie in the Park (Marna O'Brien Park)
- July 5th, Incorporation Day (Marna O'Brien Park)
- July 19th, Movie in the Park (Windsong Park)
- July 25th, Wildomar Night at the Storm (The Diamond, Lake Elsinore)
- August 9th, Camp Out at the Park, (Marna O'Brien Park)
- August 23rd, Freedom Swing dedication (Marna O'Brien Park)
- November 1, Trunk or Treat (Marna O'Brien Park)
- December 13, Breakfast with Santa (TBD)
The second end of double header was a Budget Workshop hosted by City Manager Gary Nordquist. It was mostly comprised of boilerplate stuff. Facts and figures about past budgets and revenue forecasts. When we got to the part with public input a guy from City by App got up, I believe he was invited by Mayor Pro-Tem Ben Benoit.
For a total of $3560 a year, the city can participate with a mobile app that would keep people updated on all sorts of things. I'd like to be more detailed here, but I'm not a smartphone guy so I zoned out when all the gadget talk was going on.
Grace Morabito was enthusiastic for it. She was happy to report that she'd already been using the apps for news from Murrieta and Temecula.
Sheila Urlaub went to the microphone to ask the CityByApp rep a question. She wanted to know if it could be affected by the same kinds of trolls that post outrageous things at a local site called The Patch. They made it clear that such nonsense doesn't take place on their app. If you know The Patch that counts as two tallies in the positive column.
Here's a link to the website, you decide if it's something you'd like Wildomar to get or not.
So it was asked if there were anymore thoughts from the public so I went up there and mentioned more code enforcement. I referenced the CityByApp we'd just heard about while pulling my flip phone out from my pocket, raising it high, as I kiddingly said, "You can take this from me when you pry it from my cold dead fingers."
"As nifty as the smartphone app thing is, we could really use more code enforcement in our town. There are real things that make our city a lesser place that are allowed to become permanent."
I find it funny that there are those out there that don't want the codes, that 95+% of us abide by, uniformly enforced. The lack of enforcement only leads to a dirtier and coarser city. Once one person decides they don't need to follow the rules of the community, others say, "If he's not gonna, then I'm not gonna either."
If you live in one of the rural sections of town, I get why you don't care one way of the other. Most of the residents in Wildomar live in neighborhoods, and I dare say that most of us would like our city to be a nice place with standards. Sure, there are some that think trying to be a "nice place" is just too fancy for our town... and they like it dirty. Sorry fellas, you're in the minority on this one.
-.-. .- -. / -.-- --- ..- / .-. . .- -.. / - .... .. ... ..--..