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October 10, 2013

Dirt roads idea taken seriously

(Continued)

Our immediate reaction, which turned out to be correct, was that the village was adding a coat of tar and crushed stones to act as a sealer for the street. As we understand it, such a sealing process is designed to lengthen the life of the road. And we will admit we have seen the process in action over the years on roads outside the village. In fact, we think on those roads it is quite common. But we must say we have never seen it done in the village before, although it has been reported to us that it has been done before in Lakeland Shores. And, we think it is rather safe to say, that the process has not received high grades from a number of village residents.

However, we have been assured by the powers that be, that the excess crushed stone, of which there seems to be a lot, are being removed which will eliminate both the dust and the washboard effect. And in our test drive following the removal of the stones, we did find a marked improvement of the streets. However, we found driving on them still felt like we were driving on a gravel road. Plus we tend to think that the streets will still present problems for those people trying to cross them with walkers or wheelchairs.

Also we suspect removing the excess stones will do little to mitigate the anger being expressed about the entire project. And only time will tell if this sealing of the streets project does indeed lengthen the life of the paving. We tend to be of the opinion that Mother Nature is already planning her annual winter attack on the streets, sealed or not.

Yet, we are somewhat pleased that the village came this close to adopting our “return to dirt roads” suggestion. We never dreamed the idea would make it this far. Of course, given the comments we have received, we are quite certain there are a number of residents who had always hoped our suggestion would not make it this far. And we must admit, after these sealing projects, that they were probably right. In fact, we might even be inclined to join the grassroots effort against such sealing streets. We understand, from conversations we have had, this effort is to be is called, most appropriately, the “No Stone Zone.”

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    July 24, 2014

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    June 26, 2014

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