Re: "Tacoma Councilman Ibsen seeks re-election" (thenewstribune.com, 1-21)
Our street, North Highlands Parkway, is a well-traveled road throughout the day. Many cars, buses and trucks pass by, coming and going every day on our street. Many drivers understand they are in a neighborhood, but many speed through using it as a shortcut between North 21st and Pearl streets.
Our homeowners association tried several times over the years to get the city to install another speed hump (two exist near the Lutheran Home) to help slow down traffic.
When Anders Ibsen ran for City Council in 2011, he hit the pavement and knocked on a lot of doors. I appreciated his willingness to solve our problem creatively. He alerted me and our HOA to an available grant offered by the West End Neighborhood Council. The grant would provide funding for 90 percent of a project, but private fundraising from the neighborhood would be required for the rest.
Ibsen helped navigate the application and approval processes and kept us informed during the waiting period before installation. In November 2013, two speed humps were installed in our neighborhood.
I have placed a sign in my yard showing support, and will mark my ballot accordingly.