Editor’s Note: Answer Line’s spinning plates fell this week. She’ll be back next week. In the meantime, keep sending in your questions and enjoy this column that published March 17, 2016.
QUESTION: I was headed into town the other day and was traveling north on High Street close to where they’re building the new Buckner facility. There were signs up that said the sidewalk was closed and that brought my attention to the sidewalk after I passed that area. It was hard to actually see the sidewalks because the weeds have grown up over them so terribly. It appeared that only half of the sidewalks were available to walk on because of the weeds and grass. I wondered what the city’s schedule is for keeping the sidewalks mowed and the weeds cleaned out.
ANSWER: Spring came calling early this year, which is causing the city to move up its right-of-way mowing schedule.
“With the early warm weather we are seeing a lot of grass and weed growth earlier this year than normal,” said Dwayne Archer, the city of Longview’s assistant public works director.
The city contracts out right-of-way mowing annually, with several mowing cycles each year.
“Normally the first cycle begins later in the year, but we have already contacted the contractor to begin the first cycle of the new year this week,” Archer said.
And yes, he said city staff members had noticed the high grass on the particular sidewalk you mentioned. It will be taken care of “very soon.”
Q: Whenever you watch television shows where the scene goes to an attorney’s office, there are always a large number of books on a shelf behind them (usually gold in color) that look like encyclopedias. (I am telling my age.) What are these books, and how are they used by attorneys?
A: I’ll start by thanking attorney Andy Khoury, who was nice enough to verify the assumption I’d made during the too-many hours I’ve spent watching “Law and Order” reruns.
“Typically those books are the ‘reporter’ books that court opinions are published in. Texas state court appellate opinions are published in ‘Southwestern Reporter’ (which includes several states) and then the federal opinions are found in the federal and Supreme Court reporters,” he said.
Of course, attorneys need to reference court opinions for all sort of reasons as they prepare for cases.
That information is also in digital form now. (Khoury said LexisNexis and Westlaw provide online case reporting). So, I wonder how long those books will be a trademark picture of an attorney’s tools of the trade?
Q: My daughter is 16 years old and driving. Is there someone local in Longview that makes booster seats to make a full-grown person sit up higher in the car?
A: I always hate answering this way, but the rules of Answer Line prohibit me from finding companies that provide goods and services for readers. (Picture a “sad face” here.) So, I can’t help you, but I can tell you what Answer Line would do if she were going to try to answer this question. I can’t guarantee success, but here are some possibilities: Check with some of the auto upholstery shops in town to see if any of them make them or know of someone who does. Also, you might find what you’re looking for online under the search terms “auto seat riser” or “adult booster seat.” The pictures I saw when I conducted those searches looked very much like firm couch cushions, so perhaps that’s an avenue to explore. Sorry I couldn’t be of more help.