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Opinion

June 24, 2014

In Your Opinion: City needs to fix West Street

OK, winter is over and I swallowed hard not to blow up over the road conditions of the streets in Oneonta after rumor had it that the workers were only allowed to work eight hours and then dismissed to go home because of a no-overtime policy. Let’s adhere to the policy, but who cares about the safety of the streets? 

OK, spring has come and gone. West Street and part of Ravine Parkway were milled after the potholes could swallow your car up. I admit that the street was much better than it was before it was milled. However, after the rains we received, we are right back where we started. Ravine Parkway has been paved — only after a few weeks of some unsafe manhole covers that could cause a motorcycle to take a flying leap were spray-painted with fluorescent paint. Where was the safety crew then? 

The city of Oneonta should hang its head in shame over the streets conditions. West Street is one of the most heavily traveled streets in the city with two college campuses and Job Corps. We have students and families visiting the campuses throughout the year. What a first impression we give to these folks whose children are potential residents of the city for a four-year period. Like it or not, the students do bring in revenue for the city and with that the taxes of the residents of Oneonta should see something for their dollar.  

Had you used money more wisely instead of sinking it into changing our City of the Hills to Life Enjoyed, you may have had a few bucks to pave West Street because right now I’m thinking that Oneonta is not Life Enjoyed. I can safely assume that I am speaking for many. 

Kathy Hewlett

Otego

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