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A Conversation About the Community with Mayor Levy

By Patricia Lilliston

During a recent conversation, Mountain View Mayor Glenn Levy spoke ardently about an anticipated town infrastructure project, a community improvement proposal, and his optimism for the implementation of neighborhood beautification.

With project information initially introduced during the quarterly Coffee with the Mayor on Saturday, Sept. 29, Mayor Levy restated various aspects of the Wastewater and Stormwater Improvement Project.

The scope of the improvement project requires the lining, repair and maintenance of the existing sewer pipes in the town’s sanitary sewer collection system. Additionally, the project addresses the design and construction of drainage improvement along 41st Avenue.

“The town is working hard to minimize, to the extent that we can, the impact and cost to residents with regard to this project,” emphasizes Levy.

With the cost of the project estimated at $95,285, the town had the foresight to apply for a grant. The town’s loan application for the improvement project will be submitted on Tuesday, Jan. 15. When the application is accepted, the majority of the improvement project expenditure will then convert to the intended grant status.

Levy encourages community members to attend the public meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 18, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Town Hall and Police Department, 4176 Benton St. During the public meeting, the specific plan, details and timeline for the project will be reviewed by Mountain View’s engineer firm, RG & Associates, LLC. The forum will also provide the opportunity for questions and answers.

Levy enthusiastically acknowledges a playground equipment proposal that was instigated by a resident and recently submitted by the Public Works Supervisor to the Jefferson County Open Space grant selection committee. If obtained, the grant will allow for desired upgrades to the existing Mountain View Town Park playground equipment.

With consideration for community beautification, Levy cites two endeavors. The first action was prompted during the Sept. 29 quarterly Coffee with the Mayor, when residential concerns were raised about the deplorable condition of the town’s alleyways.

“I heard what residents said so I have increased the weekly hours for the Public Works Supervisor to allow supervision for additional code enforcement,” reports Levy.

The second beautification undertaking involves installation of park benches in the neighborhood along the sidewalk.

“Adding park benches will offer a convenience for residents when walking their dog or while walking the neighborhood to sit, rest and hopefully, visit with neighbors,” reveals Levy.

A location for a park bench has now been secured so residents will soon experience the reality of this town beautification concept.

For additional information or questions, contact Mayor Glenn Levy at glevy@tomv.org or attend the next town council meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 6:30 p.m., at the Town Hall and Police Department, 4176 Benton St.

Community Events

The annual fall town clean up began Friday, Nov. 9, with rollaway dumpsters available on 43rd Avenue north of the Town Hall and Police Department, 4176 Benton St. As the dumpsters are filled, replacement receptacles will be delivered to the site through Monday, Nov. 19.

Residents are asked to adhere to the posted signage listing the types of items that cannot be discarded and to avoid overfilling the dumpsters.

Weather permitting, the community street sweep is planned for Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 27 and 28.

To facilitate an efficient community street sweep, residents should not clear yard debris into the curb and should remember to move vehicles from the street.  

The public meeting for the Mountain View Wastewater and Stormwater Improvement Project is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 18, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Town Hall and Police Department, 4176 Benton St.

The deadline for completion of the residential questionnaire has been extended until Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019. The questionnaire can be accessed at https://bit.ly/TOMV-Survey. A paper version is available at the Town Hall and Police Department, 4176 Benton St.

Good Views

The culture of Iceland is rich, diverse and identified with a literary heritage that began in the 12th century.

With a widespread love of literature and more books published per capita than any other country, Iceland’s literacy rate is among the highest in the world. So it is unsurprising that the holiday season in Iceland commences with Jolabokaflod (yo-la-bok-a-flot) or “Yule Book Flood.”

Originated during World War II when foreign imports were restricted and paper was cheap, books became a popular holiday gift. The country’s seasonal tradition continues and is initiated in every Icelandic home with the delivery of Iceland Publishers Association catalogue of newly published titles.

Book sales then typically increase during September and November as customers plan for the upcoming holiday. Gifted books are exchanged on Christmas Eve with recipients spending the remainder of the night reading and eating chocolate.

So as preparation for holiday celebrations is underway, consider the Icelandic cultural phenomenon. Tally those on your gift list. Shop the bookstore. Select the next best read. Definitely, include the chocolate.