Here are the questions you can ask at Tuesday evening’s meeting about the Mt. Tabor Deforestation and Auto Enrichment Project.

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There’s an important meeting on Tuesday night with regard to the grandiloquently (read: “inaccurately”) titled Mt. Tabor Road Restoration and Pedestrian Safety Project.

December 22:
Comments on the pre-determined Mt. Tabor deforestation and auto enrichment outcome can be given on Jan. 2 at 7:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church (1752 Scheller Lane).

December 28
Team Gahan swears its engineering contractor will listen to your comments about the Mt. Tabor deforestation project at the mere formality on January 2.

Kelly Feiock is one of the neighborhood community leaders involved with reformatting the malign Rosenbargerization of the project, and she made this comment on our post of the 28th.

It’s important to note that residents may write down specific questions they have but New Albany refuses to answer. The City and engineers must answer each question in writing and submit to INDOT.

Written questions and comments may be given to the engineers of Beam, Longest and Neff at the meeting Tuesday, or if residents will not be able to attend the meeting the letters may be sent to the engineers within 7 days of the meeting:

Brian Shaw
c/o Beam, Longest and Neff
8126 Castleton Road
Indianapolis, IN 46250
bshaw@b-l-n.com

Following are a few examples of the points being made to City Hall and INDOT by those neighborhood residents contesting the project’s parameters.

Judging by the sheer size of the mailing list, my guess is most residents who need this information already have received it, and so I’ve edited it into bullet points. If you would like to peruse the details, let me know and I can forward the e-mail I received.

Examples of deficiencies to share with INDOT:

  1. Indiana Department of Transportation Traffic Noise Analysis Procedure was not followed.
  2. Acquisition of real property for federal and federal aid projects was not followed.
  3. The City and its engineers claimed an increase in traffic, yet failed to provide a reasonable and valid traffic analysis warranting the replacement of the current 4-way stop with a signalized intersection.

Point #3 has its own list of conceivable questions.

  • Instead of saying “I don’t think there is enough traffic on Mount Tabor Road to warrant a traffic signal,” ask them how many cars travel Mount Tabor Road on a daily basis now that Rainbow Drive and McDonald Lane are open, and no traffic is being rerouted on Mount Tabor.
  • Ask them to provide the document stating that this project requires sidewalks on both sides of the road.
  • Ask them to provide the document stating that the sidewalks must be five feet wide.
  • Ask them for the documentation stating the five foot grass buffers improve the safety of pedestrians.
  • Ask them for a detailed planned to replace the trees that were cut down.
  • Ask them to provide a detailed plan of replacing the trees that were cut down…. How many? What kind? How big?
  • Ask them who they hired to maintain the grass and sidewalks in the new ROW.
  • Ask them who should we call if the snow plow hasn’t cleared the snow in the ROW blocking access to our driveway.
  • Ask them what money is being used as the 20% local match.

Team Gahan’s doctrine of inflated self-importance typically causes it to react harshly to grassroots activism. As such, it’s crucial for concerned citizens to keep pushing and attend this meeting. NAC hopes to be able to swing by and observe.

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