Thursday, March 12, 2015
Yes it is true that the next three days will be devoted in part to March Madness as will the four days next weekend. One of the pluses for Dawg and I is that the TV is an excellent soporific and our sleep tome before midnight and after noon goes way up; why can’t they program these games at deepest night?
The other thing that is important in March is that except for perhaps the frequent Easter snow, the real cold weather is past us. The repair of this winter’s potholes should be started right now, any day that is above 50 should not be wasted.
This raises a question whether Public Works has contracted for that fancy dancy pothole repair service? Or is even prepared to use the hot patch equipment we have?
Of course if municipalities and the county and state would use preventive measures by filling linear cracks in the road during the warm months most of the potholes would be prevented and the overall ultimate cost to the taxpayer would be less. That will not happen when it is easier to apply for grant monies for scheduled repavements. We think we are getting away without increasing the taxes, but if it is not local tax funds then it is derived from state taxes.
What has happened with the requirement for laser sealed top grade repaired street openings. Watchung Ave still has the noncompliance patches from a few weeks after the street was repaved. Additionally there seems to be on the up slope from Leland to the top of the hill some cross street problems.
After the 2012-13 surge in repaving roads, it seems that very little was accomplished in 2014. Is there any cohesive plan for 2015 and the subsequent years?
If it appears that the Public Works force is too small to identify the location of potholes especially incipient ones it behooves the public to report all they can find. Since the police do patrol most of the city streets why can they not also report those they see?