Message from CWCA President Brian Shane
When the calendar turns to March and springtime is just around the corner, it offers a dose of hope and optimism for those of us long-weary of the bleak cold of January and February.
For me, the trill of birdsong and a break from icy temperatures are just enough medicine to shake off my winter blues.
So it would seem that we’re about to turn a corner, too, with this pandemic that has kept many of us feeling just as weary – for many winters, now.
Here we are, two years into living with COVID-19. It’s heartening to know that anybody who wants one may now get a vaccination and a booster shot; experts say that’s helped combat the spread of the contagion. They’re also saying that this virus — which has taken over our lives, taken over the world, and taken so many of our loved ones — may soon be relegated to a medical issue not much worse than a seasonal flu.
So my fingers are crossed that these developments might herald a summer season here where we can finally lose the social distancing and the masks. Saying goodbye to those onerous pandemic restrictions? If you ask me, that would prove to be the real booster shot — for our local economy, and our spirits.
On a lighter note, we can share that the results of a formal traffic study of our 142nd Street corridor are in. It has confirmed what our neighbors have been seeing for a while now: that the volume of traffic there is excessive and the number of car accidents is a concern.
This leaves City Hall with a handful of corrective options to pursue, including the possibility of adding roundabouts at the intersections leading into and out of 142nd Street. There’s no magic bullet to solve the problem of too many cars along this stretch of our neighborhood, but I give City Hall a lot of credit for tackling this issue head-on when we, the community, asked for help.
Incidentally, if you haven’t heard, the man who spearheaded this traffic study, our friend Terry McGean, was just promoted from his decades-long role as City Engineer to City Manager. Terry’s experience and can-do attitude made him the perfect candidate, which is why the City Council quickly offered him the job without having to conduct a nationwide search. I wish Terry enormous success in the role for years to come.
At the same time, we wish the best of luck to outgoing City Manager Doug Miller, who has been our neighbor here in Caine Woods since 2016.
Wishing you and your family much health and happiness this spring!