by Pam Zubeck
Well, it looks, by the scheduling, that the north east part of the city will wait yet again, another year and be force to drive on goat roads. To be serious however, it would be nice if the city would fill a pot hole in the NE section of town. Union, Rangewood...big ol' pot holes behind the Walgreen's at Rangewood and Austin Bluffs. The drainage pan is almost impassible. Research is a pathetic, rutted, pot holed mess. The city took all that time to begrudgingly remove the bike lane, placed some curb and gutter, patched the road at the gutters, but left 2' long, 6" deep potholes to drive through as punishment for crossing the city developers. The list is endless. My biggest problem is how the crews will fill a pothole then leave 5 others untouched mere feet away. Vickers at Rangewood is a prime example....west on Vickers and you will find at least 5 holes and others that have opened up again in less than a year. It is a waste, plus they do not know how to fix a pothole...does the city ever ask, what creates a pothole? Just tossing a bunch of hot patch into the hole does nothing to fix the problem of the subgrade which caused the problem in the first place.But not all the comments were negative. One said, "Ok folks it has been bad, but let's stop the b......... and let our tax dollars and road crews get to work. I'm just grateful to see the work in progress. And slow down and keep the road crews safe."
The Mayor’s office considers social media to be a valuable way to get citizen input and to respond with additional information when appropriate. While we have always noted that people are more apt to post negative sentiments, this post has generated significantly more positive than negative responses, and we take that as a good sign that people are noticing the progress. Some people took to Facebook to ask for specific streets to be paved or repair crews to come out, and that’s valuable input, too.
Social media provides my office a direct avenue to engage and inform a much wider group than those who attend council meetings or visit our website. It’s apparent that the residents of Colorado Springs are very engaged and invested in our efforts around 2C.