Sixty miles west of Boston, Massachusetts there is the small New England town of Sturbridge. Located at the junction of I-90 (The Mass Pike), and I-84 it has become known as the "Crossroads of New England". The town was first settled over 300 years ago, and like other small New England towns it has grown just enough over the years to be in a difficult place today. How do we embrace the future without forgetting how we got to our present? How do we attract the right kind of growth, and maintain who we are? And, what about our culture out here in Central Massachusetts?
These pages will cause one to think about how to protect what we have, our future direction, and how to move on in the very best way.
Those thoughts, and other ramblings, will hopefully inspire more thought, conversation, action, and occasionally a smile...
...seems to be working so far
Thursday, April 21, 2011
A Really Quick Thought
Now, my thought in the form of a question. Why do we find it OK for the DPW to do this work? Why are we not all up in arms and making a commotion about our DPW spending their time sweeping sidewalks, repairing them, and making our Main Street look nice? Seems rather peculiar since they are adamant about not maintaining the sidewalks when there is snow on them, and the temperatures are a bit lower. In fact, property owners that do not maintain the sidewalks in the winter season, and clear them of snow, can be fined. Why are property owners only responsible when the work is much tougher, the environment more arduous? Why are the property owners not the ones out there sweeping the walks and repairing the old concrete?
It can't be because in spring time the weather is more conducive to working outside, and may be more enjoyable? Naw. Too obvious. Maybe it is because concrete work is not really work, but a skill, and not something for the lesser experienced.
Could be, but, again, too obvious.
Well, whatever the reason, I think we have an honest to goodness double standard here.
It has been made very clear that the DPW is not able to maintain the sidewalks during the winter, and we should not be expecting them to be doing it in the other three seasons.
Shame on us.
No matter that they do a great job, it is too much for them, and we as citizens of Sturbridge don't allow them enough funds to do their work year round.
Yep. Shame on us.