EDITOR’S NOTE: Of all the charges that might be leveled against some residents riled by unruly house parties, a lack of proportionality in their reactions may be among the most potent.
We received this tidbit in the morning mail, an e-mail written by Council of Neighborhood Associations president Camille Phillips to a Texas State University administrator about a get-together Thursday night on Chaparral Street.
One irate resident, Phillips writes, has taken the complaint to U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, among others.
Text of the e-mail:
Dear Dr. Smith:
I hope you are well.
I assume that you have been informed about the party on Chaparral Street late Thursday night to early Friday morning (Feb. 27, 2009)
I was not there, but this is what I am told by residents of the street:
I am also told that the residents on the street have been experiencing problems with noise and parties for seven years.
As we all know, the U.S. economy is not doing well. The residents are worried about their property values being decreased by the inconsiderate behavior of others.
The residents, who are employed in various occupations, were distressed at being kept awake so that they were very tired when they went to their jobs. In these tough economic times, people are particularly anxious to perform well at work.
On Friday one of the residents called the San Marcos city manager, the mayor, the office of Kay Bailey Hutchison, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, and other state agencies in Austin. This resident is also interested in contacting the regents for Texas State University and in discussing the issues with them.
I appreciate the efforts of the group Achieving Community Together; perhaps it would be productive for ACT to give some attention to Chaparral Street.
When you were at city council recently, you showed a slide that listed the members of ACT. I noticed that no neighborhood representative to CONA is a member and that no one who has historically been active on behalf of neighborhoods in San Marcos is a member.
The University of Nebraska in Lincoln instituted a program that has been successful in dealing with the inconsiderate behavior of students. This program might be worth investigating.
The residents of Chaparral would welcome any help you can give.
Camille S. PhillipsEmail | Print