Wants more maintenance of rights of way
Twenty years ago we decided to move to downtown Columbus. It didn’t take long to see that we were in a throw-out area for those returning from fast food take outs. We didn’t know which ward or district we lived so I began calling city offices and no one knew for sure. I wanted to complain about all the liter being thrown out of passing vehicles so I began calling offices and finally found someone who said we were in Ward 4. I then called Ward 4 councilman and he gave me a cordial welcome to his ward but no help with our trash problem.
Well that turned out to be completely false about being in Ward 4 , I learned the truth when I called the Public Works Department about another problem: the closing of Eighth Avenue North between Sixth and Seventh streets. Turns out we were in Ward 5 and District 5. Public works said they were told to dump a couple loads of fill dirt half way up the block to completely close it. I talked with the Ward 5 Councilman with no luck at all concerning liter problems and the closed road. I did some more investigating and turns out it was the Ward 6 Councilman who had the dirt dumped because he thought the road was too dangerous and would cost $30,000 to repair — so it had to be closed. Too bad that it is one of the two roads to connect residents east of Seventh Street to the business part of Highway 45. The other road is 18th Avenue North, which needs all the relief it can possibly get.
It didn’t take a Phd to savvy how important it was to reopen the closed block of Eighth Avenue. So with help from a neighbor, Mr. Leigh, the city engineer and the Light and Water Department we got the road reopened. The city only had to repair the road surface so the councilman’s $30,000 figure was an approximate $29,000 exaggeration.
Now I said all that to say this: About a year ago I began trying to get pot holes repaired on that same portion of Eighth Avenue North. Our Ward 5 councilman assured me that he’d get ‘er done. It didn’t get done.
So a couple months ago I presented my case to another office of our city government and was assured that someone would personally talk to the boss of the Public Works Department. Now I don’t know how the gang in the “City Head Shed” go about making their decisions with these small matters, but I reckon somehow they came to the conclusion AGAIN that the road was too dangerous and it’d be too expensive to fix because the pot holes have not been touched and that one block of Eighth Avenue North is now a one way going from east to west. I imagine they think closing half the road justifies not repairing the three areas that two people could fix in about two hours. Somehow in their decision-making session they forgot to consider that any mandatory reduction of traffic flow will add to the traffic on 18th Avenue, which is already one of the busiest street in Columbus. It just doesn’t make sense. I’d like to know why this road can’t be open for two way traffic and the surface fixed and properly maintained. I’d also like to know why we can’t get leaves picked up from Highland Circle in front of the Highland House, tree limbs cut that over-hang Seventh Street North, shrubs cut that grow into the path of traffic, sidewalks and potholes fixed. Also, why do we have an action line if no one ever answers it? Lastly, why are our city offices still closed every Friday? That was supposed to be a temporary thing and it’s causing way too much overtime, right? Wasn’t it the Mayor who said too much overtime was causing a deficit in his budget? Well, why not go back to five eight-hour work days? It’s the right thing to do in my book and needs to happen but won’t happen until those with the authority to do it will just go ahead and do it. Hopefully in the next election that’s just around the corner we can get some folks to run who care more about the needs of “we the people” and will do what’s best for the whole City.