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From: Wilford Lutes
Received: Sept. 16
First, I would like to give an orchid to Mayor Kristen Brown for removing the curbside recycling program from the budget. This is something that each individual household can do by dropping material off at various locations around the city.
Before tax money is spent on this program, the city should find a way to remove the charge for fire protection from the city water bill. Although this is a very small charge, the fire department protects property. Therefore, property taxes should pay to protect property, not an assessment on the water bill which renters have to pay to protect the property of their landlord.
Now I want to give an onion to the city street department for repair work done on Pearl Street north of 25th Street. This pavement is at least 35 years old and in need of being totally replaced. Yet there are block-long patches with asphalt using large gravel, which will let water in next winter to freeze and break up the patch.
Also, there are large cracks in the old pavement that was not replaced, and this will also cause damage during the freezing temperatures. I would hope they plan on returning yet this fall and replace the entire pavement as they did on 27th Street.
However, if they are going to do this, then it seems a waste of money to patch block-long sections with rough asphalt which is about a quarter-inch lower than the old pavement. This may also allow water to stand there and freeze and may damage the patches if the old pavement is not replaced.
So I say to the city street department, please have the job done right this time by completely removing the old asphalt and putting down new smooth asphalt.
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