To the Editor:
You can judge the political health of a community by simply looking at how well the sidewalks and infrastructure is being maintained. Here in Earlville the city performs zero preventative maintenance, letting sidewalks fall into a state of disrepair and ultimately leaving them unusable. We have children walking in the streets designated as city truck routes, going to and from school because of no sidewalks. (Brown Street) they have to walk down the middle when there is snow.
Further examples of the disdain that Mayor Hall and his alderman have for the citizens of Earlville. The sidewalk by the park is sunken and broke and has been reported numerous times. Earlville families have to walk in the grass when going to and from the park on Ottawa Street. It is a safety issue for the citizens, the city could make the necessary repairs and then send the bill to the out of state owner, but the city government of Earlville continues to do nothing.
It was also pointed out that there are multiple handicap citizens in wheelchairs that are using Ottawa Street regularly instead of the sidewalks, later I learned there is a veteran who damaged his walker using the sidewalk and had to go to the VA for a new one, who is now using Ottawa Street daily. Most of these sidewalks could be taken care of by simple mud jacking or replacement. Taxpayers paid for these sidewalks that the city is letting fall to neglect. Doing nothing now will only cost us more in the future. These are the same individuals who refused to apply for a state grant.
Adding insult to injury, Public Voice has been moved from the front of the city meeting agenda to the end of the agenda, effectively cutting off any citizen participation on agenda items. Citizens will only be able to speak after the fact.
Welcome to Earlville, where they do not like being informed of how bad they are doing.