Sunday, June 21, 2015

ARE OUR TAX DOLLARS BEING UTILIZED PROPERLY? by Larry Fillmore


Apparently, I opened a can of worms the other day at a Town Council meeting when I asked why the Public Works Drive-way was not being paved this year.  The Public Works Director had a listing of roads/street to be paved this year and it was not on it.  The criteria for selecting which roads/streets should receive the highest priority are the ones with the worst condition and the most heavily traveled.   Since the Public Works Director has no credentials, he cannot be held accountable for not using this measuring stick.

However, according to several of our Councils I have learned several interesting fact I am sure the people are not aware of.

1. The paved surface in front of the Public Works garage is NOT a road or street.
2. This is classified as an internal access-way on Town property.
3. Since it is an internal access-way it does not have a name.
4. It is not built to the standards of a public road.
5. According to a Councilor, it needs to be closed whenever the Transfer Station is closed.
6. The town will not build a proper road until the property that the buses park on is purchased by the town.  What one has to do with the other escapes me?
7. This internal access-way is the current traffic pattern for the following:
a. Residents to use to get to the Transfer Station.
b. Town owned vehicles use this to refuel.
c. Used by the buses to get to the Middle and High Schools.
d. Used by the Public to get to the parking lot to watch sports events.

The Town Council is content to let this situation remain as it is until they purchase the property the buses park on.  The problem is that this internal access-way is currently in a very deployable state and is causing damage to everyone’s vehicles.  Please review the pictures at the end of this article.

The citizens of Lisbon deserve better treatment from local government especially since the people are paying such high taxes.  It is not unreasonable to demand better service from town officials.  I believe this is a major problem right now that requires immediate attention by the Town Council, Town Manager, and the Public Works Director.

If the Town does not want to take immediate action to correct this situation, please provide information as to where to send the bills for vehicle repairs.

Larry Fillmore