The City Is Facing A Monumental Task In Trying To
Fix The Blight Of Disintegrating Streets.
- The city has long neglected the streets and we are seeing the
consequences daily. Misaligned suspensions on our cars, bent rims, damaged and blown
out tires and excessive wear and tear.
The condition of the streets is deplorable. While money is wasted on
rebuilding parks such as Austin Blair off Greenwood, we subsidize this misplaced
priority with needless car repairs. On top of that, the addition of play equipment to
this park located between busy streets on two sides is an invitation to disaster.
Children under little control are likely to run across these street to the attractive
nusiance playground and run the risk of being struck by an automobile. The city and
taxpayers will be held liable for thoughtlessly creating this "attractive
nuisance" if bad things happen.
- The streets deteriorate each year without necessary maintenance
and this has been exacerbated by the cancellation of street sweeping/leaf pickup, catch
basin cleaning and general care of the storm water system. Griffin and the council
agreed to cancel these essential activities after the city lost in their defense of the
illegal Storm Water fee. Griffin and other elected to council in the election 4 years
ago assured us they would rescind the illegal tax. Griffin's stated in his campaign
that the tax was illegal. So why did Griffin and the council allow it to remain and
subject the city to the lawsuit and resulting losses?
When the catch basins are clogged with dirt and leaves and gutters
fail to direct the storm water as intended. the streets are flooded and the water seeps
into the underlying material through cracks and joints. Once softened by the
infiltration of the water, tire loads from passing vehicles easily breaks up the paving
causing potholes. See article below. Until the streets are cleaned this process will
continue. Until streets are repaved or potholes repaired properly we will never see the
end of this.
The City Streets Left To Flood And Decay Thanks
To Our Council Inaction.
On April 14th, the council voted unanomously to implement a leaf
pickup program which involved supplying leaf bags to willing resident to bag up the
leveas on theit lawns. The city will hire a contractor to make two seeps through the
city to pick up the bags.
This effort does not address the leaf and trash clogged gutters that
cause flooding an deterioration of the streets. The council and manager again display
their disdain for the taxpayers who will eventually have to pay for ever more costly
Why would the council act so irresponsibly? Some I am sure are just
ignorant of the real problems, incapable of understanding the root cause and what a
viable solution is. Some of course are just devious facing a coming election and
disgruntled voters. The last reason may be the most inexcusable. For two years the city
has been saying they have no money to pick up leaves. Suddenly with an election on the
horizon, the funds are found (in Burtch's trunk?). Burtch is the real target here.
Burtch is the manager who told the council they don't have the money so he could stash
funds in the surplus. They have the money to implement the full street cleaning and
leaf pickup. Spending on that item does not enhance some peoples resumes.
Burtch said that the citywide leaf pickup used to cost $300,000 a
year. If that is the case, it is because of mismanagement of the program. Oak Park Michigan for example has
a leaf pick program and encourages citizen to sweep the leaves into the gutters.
Based on their figures for population and road miles, a full scale Jackson program
should cost under $100,000.
Per the Oak Park site: With municipal budgets being squeezed further
each year, the expense of leaf collection/composting programs is being scrutinized as
well. One study reported the following average municipal leaf collection
Jackson has a population of 33,000 and 130 miles of roads. Do the
- leaf collection program cost per 1,000 population,
- leaf collection labor cost per curb-mile collected, $ 135.59;
- leaf collection equipment cost per curb-mile collected, $
- What happened to last years promise by Burtch for a "new machine"
to fix potholes so the patches would not fall out in 2 days?
“Pothole killer”, the latest machine to fix potholes around NJ. Essex
County, New Jersey - As the snow starts to disappear, roads across New Jersey are left
with potholes. The state has invested $4 million to fix the pothole issue and recently
unveiled massive machines dubbed “pothole killers”. The machines can fill potholes at a
rapid pace by injecting liquid asphalt into the roads. It only takes one person to
operate. People will start seeing signs across the state warning to be prepared to stop
if there's a pothole killer truck ahead. Without the machine, normally they would
have to first cold patch the potholes with a crew, as a temporary fix, and then come
back to hot patch it. There are solutions to these problems. I thought Jackson was
borrowing a pot hole killer last year.
- We Need Capable Representatives On The City Council Who Can Lead
The Way With Real Expertise.
Why can't our elected officials come up with solutions? It is
long past the time when we needed knowledgeable people on the city council that can
work with and direct the management in resolving these issues. The city allegedly laid
off all the workers (11) who swept the streets and a few others for good measure. Why
can't we hire temps to drive the equipment already owned by the city for this task?
This would result in a significant reduction in cost which the administration is
pointing our as a limiting factor. The city owns two street sweeping machines they are
trying to get out in public view as the election approaches. This is problematic in
that street sweepers are designed to pick up dirt and small debris from the streets.
They are not designed to pick up massive amounts of leaves mixed with dirt/mud into a
congealed mass. This is evidenced by the piles of debris left along gutters in the few
locations where this "program" is trying to make a visual/ political impact.
This can damage the sweepers. The roads need to be cleaned of leaf debris by the same
methods used 4 years ago and paid for with our tax dollars.
This is not some minor item as
some city council supporters would have you believe. The street conditions costs us
hundreds of thousands of dollars in damaged suspensions, wheels, tires and abnormal
wear and tear. The sight of the roads screams "blight" to residents and
visitors that pass by. It is time to clean house and get Jackson back on track with
people who know what they are doing. We need capable people be they in finance,
mortgages, engineering or perhaps a few folks who have dirtied their hands do the tasks
we need done.