[Durham INC] pothole and other reporting
TheOcean1 at aol.com
TheOcean1 at aol.com
Sun Feb 14 13:44:48 EST 2010
I have to agree with Randy on this one.
I don't drive around in a City issued car, or carry a city issued cell
phone, but I often do a "little city work" from my own car, on my own cell
phone. Example: Illegally posted signs are still one of my pet peeves.
They often have the violator's phone number on them, so I call it.
Conversation goes something like this; "Hey, I noticed your sign on the corner of
Main & Broad, how many of those signs did you put out?"
"Oh, about 100, who's asking"
"Just a citizen calling with a friendly heads up, you see those are
illegal and you'll probably be hearing from our Planning dept. They can fine you
if you leave them up after they notify you of the violation"
"Oh, we didn't realize they were a code violation, thanks for letting us
Often, they call me back a few hours later to let me know they've retrieved
all their signs, and to thank me again! Then I thank them for keeping our
roadways attractive, and b'gosh, the problem was solved.
Always wonder if our code enforcers ever do the same thing.
In a message dated 2/14/2010 1:31:22 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,
rwpickle at gmail.com writes:
Maybe you read the press release (sent to this list earlier in the week
and published in the newspaper on Sat.) asking us citizens to report potholes.
Well here's a much better idea for the City to try. Why not have the City
workers, who travel all the roads in the City in a weeks time, do it. I
believe they all have communication equipment with them.
Fleet Maintenance says they service some 2100 vehicles used in the
business of "City". They say 500 are Police cars; so lets forget about the Police
doing any reporting, they need to fight crime. And let's just get rid of
another 600 vehicles as being out of service, fire protection or otherwise.
That leaves 1000 vehicles a day that are out there driving around our fair
City. If in a 5 day period, each vehicle reported only one pothole, Public
Works wouldn't be able to even keep up with it. That would be 5000/week! If
they also reported one ordinance violation a day, that would be 5000 of
those a week as well
Get them to report trash cans left at curbs, weedy lots, illegal dumping,
graffiti, unregistered vehicles (I'm sure the list goes on...) and any
number of other violations they come across as they cris-cross the City on a
daily basis. Even train them in what the violations list might look like (or
just hand them a print out of simple-common ones with pictures if reading is
an issue). After all, we're already paying them and they do work for the
City. Wouldn't it make our City look a lot better? Our City workers from
the various departments see much more of this City on a weekly basis then most
of us would in months. Let's put them to work reporting some of these
City violation/pot hole issues and get this City back on track.
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