I did that today while reading the Town Common newspaper. On the front page there is an article about the brick sidewalks that are being put in here in town. There is also mention, in the same article, about the intersection of Main and Haynes Street.
Now, you may wonder why this article would be mentioning the two hot button issues here in town in the same article, well, it is because the Board of Selectmen voted 4 to 1 to limit the brick sidewalk project at the the intersection of Main and Haynes Street based on the DOT engineer, Linda Terry's recommendation to leave the sidewalks up there as concrete because....
...wait for it...wait for it....
"My assumption is that truck traffic will continue to ride up on this curbing and after sometime the brick will not be able to take this additional loading", she wrote in an email to Town Administrator Shaun Suhoski.
Oh, I don't know, Terry, maybe the states engineer for the DOT admitting that the width of Haynes Street at the intersection is not wide enough to allow a proper turning radius of a truck, and that the design is flawed might be enough to correct the problem!
Now, what about our TA, Shaun Suhoski? Why didn't he push to fix the intersection instead of settling for a flawed plan? In its email to him, the state admitted that the intersection will not allow for a proper turning radius without trucks using the new sidewalks. Whose family will standing at the corner, on those sidewalks next time that happens?
Have I gone to sleep and awoken in the Land of the Tiny Brained People, or is it because those in a position to change a mistake, correct a problem have no idea on how to do it, so, they make do?
Please let it be the Land of the Tiny Brained People, then there would be a decent excuse.
There will come a day when the residents of this town are going gather at the intersection of Haynes and Main and scream up at that newly refurbished Town Hall, "Enough stupidity!!" They will demand answers, no longer stand to have their money spent willy-nilly, and take back control of their town.
I hope that day is soon.
I wish it was today.