Grass roots government ..... Some
residents in our part of Quail Valley are up in arms about the
proposed sale of part of Quail Valley golf course for the
additional development of a patio home/townhouse area along
LaQuinta. A zoning change would be necessary and a public hearing
with city council to hear for and against the rezoning is planned
for Monday, February 17, 7 p.m. at city hall.
There's already about an acre that is zoned for
townhouses at the site and the additional three acres that the
county club is trying to have rezoned will bring the proposed
development up to approximately four acres. There are three
townhome complexes within walking distance of the proposed zone
I called Richard Cook, manager of Quail Valley
Country Club, about the rezoning. According to Mr. Cook, the club
would use the money it receives from the sale of this land plus
another piece of land it owns over on Cypress Point (which
includes the fitness center and tennis courts) to enhance the
club, giving it more "curb" appeal, relocating the fitness center
and tennis courts to the current club location, moving the
swimming pool to the largely unused parking lot and redoing and
landscaping that area. Mr. Cook said the club has a master plan
which includes these things, plus redoing the greens. He said that
by a contract with their lenders, any sale of land would have to
be used to enhance the country club, and that the club's best
interest is in only selling to a high quality developer. He told
me that the club would get to set the deed restrictions and that
there would only be eight units per acre. The townhome development
right next door has 10 units per acre. Mr. Cook said the land
would be sold to build golf villas/patio homes.
The country club will make its pitch to the
city council that these improvements will increase the club's
value to the neighborhood which will in turn increase property
Because of the development, hole 16 will be
shortened and the par dropped to four, and another hole will be
lengthened and the par increased by one to the keep the integrity
of the course.
This all sounds well and good to me and there
are already several townhome developments close by. However, I
don't see how they can do all they claim they will do with the
proceeds from those several acres. So I'm going to the meeting and
expect to see a lot of my neighbors there. City councils react to
numbers so if you want your feelings known, be there also.
And another thing ..... I noticed
something on my telephone bill from Verizon this month that you
should be aware of and check your bill for this. About six months
ago I bought something offered by the telephone company called a
"local package." It was about $28 but included 14 different
services- many for which I was already paying, including Call
Waiting, Caller ID, Distinctive Ring (that I use for my fax
machine), and most attractive to me--Unlimited Local Directory
I usually only give my telephone bill a cursory
glance then pay it, but for some reason this month I went over it.
For one thing, I failed to get a bill last month, whether it went
astray, I threw it away with all the other circulars, or whatever.
Anyway, this month I sat down with it and noticed that I was being
charged another $6 for Distinctive Ring. I called my service
representative who informed me that I had two Distinctive Rings
and I was only allowed one under my Local Package. I informed the
service representative that I only knew about one and that I had
never used the other and it was a mistake. So they agreed to
credit me $54 for six months of incorrect Distinctive Ring
Then, I noticed that I was being charged $1.25
for Directory Assist, even though it was supposed to be unlimited.
Since the bill didn't spell out what number I was given, I had no
idea whether these were local calls or long distance directory
assistance. However, I noticed another interesting thing.
I was charged for long distance calls to Sugar
Land, Richmond, Rosenberg--areas that are not normally long
distance. And these calls were timed to begin immediately after
the time I was charged for Directory Assistance.
I remembered that when I had called Directory
Assist that the recording said the telephone company would dial
that number for me for no additional charge by pressing "ONE."
So not only was I being charged for local
Directory Assist, I was being charged by the minute to be
connected to those local numbers, even though the recording said
the calls would be free.
"Not fair!" I told the telephone company.
Needless to say, the telephone company agreed to credit me with
the aforementioned $54 for erroneous "Distinctive Ring" charges,
and after I asked for a supervisor (who, by the way, I had to call
back long distance), they also agreed to credit me with the local
Directory Assist and local long distance charges.
I canceled my "local package" and went back to
paying for the services I wanted individually. So if you have
Verizon service and have agreed to their "local package," I would
suggest you go over your bill with a fine tooth comb. What a scam!
I've always been real proud of the telephone
service in the United States. If you've ever traveled in other
countries, you notice how terrible the service is in other places.
I've even said the post office should take lessons from the
telephone company for delivering a message correctly for little
cost. I'm about to change my mind.