“The idea that public safety, the safety of the innocent, is an absolute which trumps every other consideration, is tacitly abandoned in the way we live.” – Tom Stoppard
P U B L I C W O R K S I T E S – P R I V A T E H A Z A R D S
This week’s Saturday photo prompt on my partner Susan and my other website “WEEKLY PROMPTS” is the word CLOSE.
On July 12th of this year work crews began their task of mapping the locations of important underground hazards and placing their lot of colorful flags about residential properties informing residents that major renovation work was about to commence.
The excavation process began around July 15th and the crews worked in earnest to get their part on the job done early. The noisy machines did their part and then suddenly the holes that were so carefully marked and excavated were covered with a piece of plywood and in a sense left to their own devices.
Over the ensuing course of time vandals have broken a number of the marker posts and curious children have wandered near the covered holes and expressed a curiosity as to what lies below. Groundskeepers have knocked over a few of the slim wooden posts anchoring the boards to the ground.
As we are now going into September a number of disgruntled tenants are calling city hall to find out when these public eyesore will be filled and the lawns returned to a state of normalcy.
The best answer that officials can offer curious callers is this: the work crews are busy; the rainy weather is not helping the completion situation and finally the job will be done before winter.
Many times these public renovation and updating crews are ruled not really by the weather but more by the overall financial situation of the contractors who placed their closed bid to do the work at the lowest possible rate. And at times it shows. Professionalism is thrown out the window and pursuit of the almighty buck takes precedence.
I am not implying that this is the guiding motive in our situation but the city council should crack the proverbial whip to get the work crews to complete the work they contracted to do.
Waiting and wondering is one thing. Taking some type of action on the part of the town fathers is another.
Sitting on your hands is fine if you suffer from a case of frostbite but sticking your head in the sand and hoping no one will call your office for action is deplorable and irresponsible.
Such is life in the big city these days.