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Fri, Oct. 18

Letter: No help from Council

Editor:

The town destroyed our street with this “best-practice protective measure” five years ago. Come around during the hot and dry season to see how awful it is.

It’s basically like this: The chip seal company (whoever supplied the lowest bid to the town which is, in itself, ridiculous. [Paving company: “Hey, I can do the shoddiest job for the least money, let me do it.” Town: “OK, sounds great!”]) has a machine that sprays a 6-8 ft. wide path of tar followed by a path of asphalt, followed by a steam roller to press it all together.

Sounds great on the straightaway, but no one compensated for the overlap of materials through multiple passes around my circular court. I’m no engineer but even I figured out that there is WAY too much tar underneath our chip seal, leading to warping and deformation of the road and loose rocks in sticky tar during the hot season.

I went before the town council THREE TIMES, with pics and information, pleading for help. I asked if they were OK with the fact that the town spent money on such shoddy work.

I couldn’t even get anyone from the council to come out and see it! They sent their town manager who said there’s nothing wrong with it and nothing could be done.

He wouldn’t even admit there was anything wrong. He said it was “within acceptable tolerances.” Acceptable by whom? Not me.

I live on a court in the back end of a subdivision. Our street was immaculate five years ago. Now, it’s an ugly mess on which my kids don’t want to play or ride their bikes because of the hot, sticky tar.

Evidently, though, through my experiences, the council is quite alright with this.

I smell either apathy or incompetence. Either way it stinks.

I have lost all faith in the council.

Russell Morrison

Granville resident

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