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Sidewalks, man-hole covers and noise ordinancesPosted Wednesday, November 21, 2012, at 8:09 AM
On an "open-comment" post we had three basic concerns come up that should have their own post to "bring light" on the subject. Please lets us know your thoughts.
Here are the starting comments. I may break the statements up for ease of reading, or typos but have not edited them in any other form or fashion:
"Nowlin Taylor wrote a letter to the editor not to long ago and stated the manhole covers in town seem to be set below the blacktop on our roads causing tire damage and or just an uncomfortable ride when ya hit them....
I have to agree with him...it would not be so bad if one or two had the issue but everyone in town is like that it seems....
I also wonder why the would pave one of the busiest street in town (blue ribbon pkwy) and not put in sidewalks...I live over there and everyday there is always several folks walking down the road causing a path through the edge of the yards.....
I just don't see whomever is making safety decisions or quality of life decisions for our town have their thinking cap on.....the pothole manhole cover should have already been fixed....its not a difficult thing to remedy but has been needing it for several years now...
Bethany lane has 4 with the issue alone between Depot and Madison not to mention the one at that back road into Kroger at Fairfield Pike and further down towards the N. Main light.....maybe its just my pet peeve but.....come on decision maker....wake up!
-- Posted by chefgrape on Mon, Nov 19, 2012, at 11:57 AM
I am guessing here, but would the manhole covers seem to recede as the asphalt builds up? What is the solution for that? Is there a way to build up the manhole?
Regarding the sidewalks, it would seem as good as an official study (person count) that if the grass is worn down and a trail created, there is a substantial amount of foot traffic and the sidewalk should be considered for the safety of the walking and driving.
-- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Nov 19, 2012, at 4:20 PM
I'm of the opinion that sidewalks are appealing to the eye. Now, I won't go so far as to say they are a thing of beauty, they do convey a sense of neighborhood. Kind of a down home look, if you know what I mean.
For instance, I've seen old pictures of downtown areas like Belmont avenue and I imagine strolling down those sidewalks, meeting neighbors, etc. Maybe even walking to the Princess Theater on a Saturday night. Nostalgic, that's the word I'm looking for.
-- Posted by Tim Lokey on Tue, Nov 20, 2012, at 1:20 AM
Well the sidewalk for blue ribbon should also be considered for during the horse show...
there is a solution for the manhole covers in Florida there were steel metal rings the size of the cover they dropped under the cover after paving and created a flush finish....I had a friend that worked for the road dept. in west palm and that was one of his many jobs for them...sidewalks are vary appealing for dressing up the neighborhood in my opinion...even more reason for on a main road to have them...
I would hate to be the one setting in the lawn chair at the four-way stop over here doing a traffic count don't think I can count that fast....
I have also been woke up many a night with thumping music driving down blue ribbon it will rattle the pictures off the wall...I think they need a big sign that says "we are still a neighborhood please consider others and turn it down" placed out there somewhere.
-- Posted by chefgrape on Tue, Nov 20, 2012, at 7:10 AM
Noise ordinances are in many settled communities. I am not a big one for adding more laws, but this at least gives the police some support for asking folks to "turn it down". It is also beneficial to those in the cars who will be hearing impaired somewhere in the not too distant future. :-)
The steel rings sound like just the answer needed. Anyone on the town council reading these things?
-- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Nov 20, 2012, at 9:17 AM
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