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Voice: Brawley council doing a deplorable job on streets and sidewalks

June 18, 2002

Contrary to the glowing reports this paper has written over recent years in support of Brawley's leadership, elected and appointed, I am disgusted with the current City Council.

In general, that leadership has failed miserably to maintain the streets and sidewalks in a safe and satisfactory condition. Far too many streets have been allowed to deteriorate to a Third-World status with far too many potholes and long and wide cracks that make them unsafe for motorists and pedestrians alike.

Allen Street, the street in front of my house is a good example. Since it was laid in 1964, it has never been resurfaced. In 1990, while crossing the street, my wife tripped on one of its raised cracks, fell and smashed her face on the curb there requiring treatment at Pioneers Memorial Hospital. The city didn't get around to patching that crack until 2001.

Like other older sections of Brawley, sidewalks do not exist along all the streets. Therefore pedestrians are forced to walk on those streets at some danger to themselves. Since people walk for various reasons including their health, as in the case of the elderly and handicapped, this City Council would do well to give this problem a high priority in its budget planning for the next fiscal year.

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Unfortunately, I believe the opposite is true. After talking to at least four current or past City Council members and others over the years about this situation, I found them amiable and sympathetic, but otherwise worthless. It seems they are more interested in new developments, business, and other projects which in turn drain city resources, while the old streets and sidewalks are left to further deterioration. I find this mind set shameless and intolerable.

JOE KINDER

Brawley

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