Excuses aren't solving our problems in Hammond

2013-10-03T00:00:00Z Excuses aren't solving our problems in Hammond nwitimes.com
October 03, 2013 12:00 am

As evidenced by the enclosures and photos, not a thing has changed in eight years while trying to address problems with trees and now with the condition of 174th Place.

It's always the same excuses such as, "You are No. 1 on the list for tree removal" or "The equipment is broken down, and we are waiting for parts" or "The city can't afford a new high-lift bucket truck for tree maintenance" or "A new truck is on order, but it might take eight months to get it."

Or in the case of the street, "We'll be out to patch that dangerous hole near the curb right away" or "We can't afford to tear out the whole two blocks" or "Due to the condition of the street, engineering says we can't do an overlay or repair the broken or missing curbing."

It is bad enough no one wants to do anything, but when city trucks show up the problem is worse than before repair.

Hide our heads under the sand, and perhaps pretend to be Detroit.

- Lawrence and Roberta Miller, Hammond

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