2012 is upon us and it is a great time to get the new year started of on the right foot by "showing up" to the meetings that will forever protect the 160 acres know as Human Powered Trails/Old City Farm/Upper Hixon. Attached are the dates, process and some thoughts on general talking points.
It amazes me to think that in these few hours of meetings we can forever protect this land as a city park for future generations. We all need to take the time to "show up" in order to make this happen.
|Mark Your Calendars!
The Process of Becoming a Park...
Steps of the park legislation resolution #75 at the city government level:
The first three meetings all allow for public input. The process is to show up 10 minutes early and sign up to speak at the meeting or register in favor of legislation. It is critical to have a good number of people at the first two meetings and a large crowd at the 3rd meeting.
- City Plan Commission Meeting -
Tue, Jan 3rd at 4:00 in City Hall 3rd floor conference room-Committee to recommend to Committee as a Whole approval, refers or not approve. We need this committee's approval.
- HPU (highways, properties and utilities) Meeting -
Wed, Jan 4th @ 7:30pm in City Hall council chambers 1st floor- committee to recommend to committee as a whole approval, refer or not approve. We need this committees approval
- Committee as a Whole -
Tue, Jan 10th at 7:30pm in Council Chambers 1st floor- committee to recommend to committee as a whole approval, refer or not approve.
- Council Meeting -
Thu, Jan 12th at 7:30pm in Council Chambers 1st Floor-Final Vote
How Can You Be Active?
- Call your appropriate council person, let them know your perspective and ask how they will vote on the issue.
- Call the people who serve on the committees, let them know your perspective and ask how they will vote on the issue.
- Show up at the meeting, having a presence will create an impact!
Suggested Talking Points:
- Explain how you use the resource and what it means to you! For example: "I choose to live in La Crosse because of the access to magnificent natural resources like this park, and I understand that sometimes we need to pay higher taxes to offer these outstanding amenities. Parks like this also add economic value to our tax base that cannot be ignored.
- Active parks like this keep me in our community. Recreational activities are important to me and it is a major reason why I have chosen to make La Crosse my home.
- Personal health benefits to you and/or your family.
- Economic benefits:
- 217 million dollar tourism economy in the La Crosse region, driven by our natural beauty and access to resource. This benefits our restaurants, hotels, convention center and small businesses locally.
- Tourism is a job creator and brings new revenue to a local economy.
- This amenity adds tax base value to the rest of the community. If we take away this amenity we will decrease the existing tax base.
- Having outdoor recreation opportunity is an attractive hiring benefit for our local companies; these benefit helps in hiring the best and brightest locally.
- By creating a park this generation leaves an everlasting gift to future generations.
- It is important to me that I engage in activities close-by to where I work and play that challenge me physically.
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