Story last updated at 3:03 p.m. Thursday, October 3, 2002

Road maintenance questioned
Over five weeks ago the city came up our road, Jake's Little Fireweed Lane, and tore -- instead of cutting -- the alder growth down by the roadside, leaving it looking terrible. They also left the limbs and debris on the road and in the ditches. Some limbs left were so large that my 76-year-old wife (who has a torn rotator cuff that leaves her arm nearly useless) had to move them off the road so she could get home.

I built this road, and my son and I have maintained it for more than 20 years. We were proud and pleased with the way it looked. We put good ditches in, keeping them clean, which is necessary to have a good road. Now the ditches are full of limbs and debris.

The first part of the road is now city owned since annexation, but most of the road is privately owned. I've call the city maintenance director twice to get them to come back and at least clean it up and clean up the ditches, but to no avail. They didn't even bother to ask the residents if they minded if the city cut the trees on their property.

It would appear the city is trying to antagonize the newly annexed residents. If so, they're succeeding.

John H. McLay