To The Daily Sun,
I'd like to call out an example of our, or at least my, tax dollars at work.
Two days ago I stopped into the Meredith Public Works Department to alert them to some low road shoulders and missing pavement along Chemung and Camp Waldron roads.
I drive along these roads quite often during the week. As I do this, I pay attention to the pavement and shoulders because before I moved to this place of natural beauty I used to be a selectman back in Ohio. I was the chairman of the Roads Committee of my village, so I know a little bit about roads and how to maintain them.
But I digress.
The woman at the desk was polite, she took excellent notes about my concerns and she asked for my address and phone number. I was very impressed.
Ninety minutes later, my phone rings! Who is on the other end but Michael Faller, the Public Works director of Meredith.
Mr. Faller and I had a great conversation, he shared some of his challenges with me and I offered up some ideas to him about how he could repair the shoulders so they'd not degrade so quickly.
The bottom line is that in less than 24 hours, Mr. Faller's crews were out working to correct the problems. Now that's service!
The reason I pointed out the low road shoulders was two-fold. First and foremost it can be a safety hazard. If the gravel shoulder is low and a car tire goes off the pavement, a driver can overcorrect to get the car back on the road causing the car to jerk into oncoming traffic.
The second reason is the shoulder helps prevent asphalt from breaking off at the edges of the roadway. The dense compacted gravel provides the side support asphalt needs when cars and trucks get too close to the side of the road.
All too often people complain and grinch about public employees. That's the easy thing to do. It's harder to take the time to point out great work or service.
Realize that maintaining our roads is a constant struggle, and if you want to see how good our employees do, just head south down to Massachusetts or go to Ohio where I'm from. You'll see deplorable roads there.
Next time you see our roads free of snow, or the crews out there grading or otherwise working on your roads, slow down and thank them. Better yet, write a letter like this so other citizens get to hear the other side of the story.
Thanks again to Mr. Faller, his crews and to the selectmen of Meredith for hiring employees that do care about the citizens of their town.