Kudos to road committeeKudos to the City Council Transportation Bond Program Advisory Committee for hearing input from concerned citizens regarding 14 proposed road projects.As a resident of Keller for four years, I have seen traffic increase and fully realize the dilemma faced efficiently routing traffic through and around Keller. A large portion of our traffic is "through" traffic; traffic headed west across 377, east, north and south. The majority of traffic is headed somewhere "other" than Keller.If roads are continually widened and four-lane in all directions, Keller will surely become even more of a "thoroughfare" and "cut-through."Widening North Tarrant Parkway and Rufe Snow was intended to take the brunt of the through traffic; however, drivers continue to find "short-cuts" and whiz by populated developments which residents thought would always be adjacent to a peaceful two-lane road. Widening encourages even more traffic and compromises the ambiance and charm that drew residents to Keller in the first place.Thankfully, the extension of Rapp Road through to 377 has been tabled; residents in adjacent developments can still enjoy this picturesque and tree-lined road without it becoming another "short-cut."Creatively solve the problem without compromising the ambiance of our little town. Too bad tunnels under Keller for drivers headed "somewhere else" aren't feasible. Let's not just widen every road; decrease speed limits on "short-cut" roads adjacent to developments to discourage those "just passing through" forcing more usage of North Tarrant Parkway and Rufe Snow.In the future, it would be sad to hear: "There once was not a more congenial spot for happy ever-aftering than in Kellerlot!"Barbara Hepburn Fisher, Keller In oppositionI am a mother of two children who attend Keller ISD schools. Today I was driving down North Tarrant and Park Vista and I noticed that a new business was coming to our neighborhood, the infamous Velvet Box, a lingerie,adult toy store.As a concerned parent and citizen I was wondering how such a business would be allowed with two high schools, three elementary schools, a middle and intermediate school all with in a two-mile radius of is new impending location.It is set to open in July. What can we do as a community to keep this from happening?Monica Broman, Fort WorthMiddle school soccer programThere is one problem I am concerned with middle school sports, the soccer program. The school district cut the soccer program 2 yrs. ago due to budget cuts. The thing I don’t get is that this year the C-team football team for HMS only played a few out 9 games and still payed a bunch of money for the whole season, when they can use the money for at least one soccer team.Recently my dad organized a soccer club for 3 schools in KISD. It was self funded and was not supported by the schools. We did not have access to 2 of 3 fields which was not as great for the teams that had to travel to all the games. We could only fit in 4 games for the season. There also good things. The referee’s were way better and the cost was free. From my perspective the club was a success, but I think that it would be better if it was UIL sponsored because if it was UIL sponsored the players wouldn't have to pay for everything, we would have more teams join which means more playing fields, there would be more games in the season, and we could practice every day instead of just twice a week and field better teams.KISD will be having a meeting to vote on budget in a couple of days. I would like to have the district vote for budget.Jaden Hanson, 7th Grade HMS
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