City should stop making make work projects

City should stop making make-work projects Open letter to Whitehorse's mayor and council: In Mary Lake, Cowley Creek, Wolf Creek, Pine Ridge and Spruce Hill residential subdivisions the roads are in deplorable condition from the actions of incompetent ci

Open letter to Whitehorse’s mayor and council:

In Mary Lake, Cowley Creek, Wolf Creek, Pine Ridge and Spruce Hill residential subdivisions the roads are in deplorable condition from the actions of incompetent city workers and lack of meaningful annual repairs and maintenance.

The close view that any residents see when they’re riding their bikes or walking their dogs clearly shows that the damage to the thin chip-seal covering is mostly from inept grader operators when they plow on rare occasions during the snow season.

Unfortunately the summer season pothole coating program can’t keep up with the winter’s grader damage. Much of the summer work is plowed off by the graders in the winter.

Is this supposed to be an ironic make-work project?

Perhaps you can use your influence to direct the manager of public works to reduce the winter damage program and increase the summer maintenance program in the subdivisions noted. Also it would be helpful if supervisors occasionally got out of their pickup trucks and examined the work that was done and actually “supervised” workers accordingly. Isn’t that what we pay them handsomely to do?

Many years of inadequate maintenance have taken their toll and many sections now require major repair work.

What would it take to divert our gas tax rebate money away from your sustainability boondoggles and so-called “studies” by southern experts, and apply it to actually fixing our roads correctly? The tar and gravel coating presently used is little more than a seasonal Band-Aid.

As well, shouldn’t you spend some of that gas tax rebate money on implementing a comprehensive review of road maintenance protocols to avoid working at cross purposes while wasting our tax dollars?

Aren’t those the sort of expenditures the gas tax rebate is intended for?

Thank you for attending to this matter.

Mike Peltier


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