The Extreme Target Sweep in Highland Hills
Commissioner Tommy Adkisson
April 27, 2009

Neighbors never knew what a burglar alarm was. They often left their homes unlocked. It was not unusual to see car keys in the ignition at the Model Market I worked at in my teen years. Neighbors knew and watched out for each other. They discussed the good, the bad and the ugly on the un-air-conditioned porches! Those were the days of 1950's and 1960's Highland Hills.

Much has changed and today, we wouldn't think of going to bed without locking the door. We rather regularly hear of some crime going on in or around our immediate neighborhood. Some neighbors move into instead of up to the neighborhood. We don't always know our neighbors. And that's true for many if not most neighborhoods today!

Enter the neighborhood association. Besides acquainting ourselves with each other in the associations, we address the "neighborhood agenda" below:

One of the ways older neighborhoods decline is by their appearance and their spirit. Therefore, our vision for the Extreme Target Sweep initiative is to create a neater appearance in our neighborhood and to have an education about and a kindly interface with neighbors as we enforce our City's codes. Therefore we will work with the City's staff in the Extreme Sweep and attempt to inform the public of our intent while working to find ways to assist those aged and disabled noncompliant neighbors to become compliant.

Who: Highland Hills Neighborhood Association

What: Extreme Target Sweep

Where: From Fair Avenue south to Pecan Valley, from I-37, New Braunfels to Salado Creek.

When: May 4, 2009 to May 29, 2009

How: Volunteers working with City Staff

Just a few weeks ago, one of the "died-in-the-wool", non-Highland Hills, neighborhood daughters told me that after over thirty-five years of living in her old neighborhood, she and her husband and family were giving up. They were moving to near 1604 into a newer neighborhood. She complained to me of low-grade neighbors, dangerous dogs and other assorted sources of heart burn to decent people.

I felt badly for her because I know that she left a piece of her heart in the old neighborhood, but what could I say? I knew that she believed the schools to be disparaged if not struggling along with the children in them. How sad and how unnecessary!

What I can do along with any of you is to actually get involved in the neighborhood association. The City is making credible attempts to address the challenges of its aging neighborhoods. If you are in the Highland Hills Neighborhood area, you may call 531-9491 for more information on the Extreme Sweep. We want to be your partner for progress!

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