In my city utilities statement, theres a flier about HAWK, a new kind of traffic signal. The flier says HAWKs are at Camino del Rio and 12th Street and at Colorado and Florida Avenues. Huh? Did the city upgrade Florida from a mere road to a fancy avenue because it spent a gazillion dollars on its reconstruction? Skeptical Raptor
Congratulations, Raptor, for having such an eagle eye. But you can pull back your talons because Florida is still a road.
First, lets squawk about HAWK, which is not to be confused with the Fort Lewis College mascot.
HAWK is an acronym for High-intensity Activated crossWalK. The device helps pedestrians safely cross busy streets, according to that flier.
If you missed it in your bill, the flier is posted at www.getarounddurango.com. Click on the walk icon.
Then, at the bottom of the page, click the link that says High Intensity Activated Crosswalk There will be one at the intersection of Camino Del Rio and 12th Street and one on Florida Road near Colorado Ave.
See. Its still Florida Road. The questionable moniker appears only on the flier. Phew!
But Action Line can understand your concern. After all, Florida Road did get the total glam makeover with trees planted in the median.
When the city plants trees in a median, its the first step down the slippery slope of street renaming.
Just look at East Third Avenue. Trees were planted in the median, and then some uppity booster of yore insisted it be referred to as The Boulevard.
Rest assured that todays civic leaders arent as presumptuous, especially after the two recent street-renaming debacles, the botched attempt to designate U.S. Highway 160 West as Durango Boulevard and the infamous Goeglein Gulch gaffe.
So Florida Road will remain a road, but now with a roundabout, sidewalks, bike lanes, landscaping, privacy fences and a newfangled HAWK a real feather in Durangos cap.
But when it comes to providing the locations of its newly hatched HAWKs, the city lays a goose egg.
The HAWK described as being on Florida near Colorado Avenue is actually at Aspen Drive, which is about 300 yards down the road as the crow flies.
A recent article about recycling (Aug. 23) confused me. First, it says the city is considering single-stream recycling, which is reported as no more separating plastic from glass from aluminum from cardboard. Later in the story, it says glass would be eliminated from curbside collection. Which is it? Also, speaking of glass, the article describes a recycling center worker scooping away the many non-recyclables that make their way into bins: blankets, whiskey bottles, a shoe. Are whiskey bottles made of different glass than pickle jars? Bob
When it comes to glass recycling, the city wants complete transparency. Except with brown bottles. They go in a separate bin. But thats another story.
Single-stream recycling is when everyone can put all recyclables in one big bin curbside. The city will collect and sort items.
In order to do this, no glass would be allowed in the residential all-in-one bins, according to Dale Cogswell, the citys recycling manager. Glass would still be recycled; youd just have to take it to one of the many recycling stations around town.
As for the whiskey containers, Dale points out that many liquor bottles are plastic, yet people put them in the glass recycling bins.
Dale asks residents to be mindful. If folks would just read the signs on the bins, it would solve a lot of problems, he said.
Theres nothing too complicated about a bin that says glass. Why would anyone put plastic whiskey bottles in there? Its crazy, but it happens all the time.
It must be the whiskey. At least the wine-in-a-box crowd manages to put their empties in the cardboard bin.
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