Opinion: County could do more to save on roadwork, says Ogdensburg man
To the Editor:
In response to the article, “County Roads Need Major Work” which appeared in the June 2-8 issue of North Country This Week: That happens when the county lays blacktop to on dirt with no proper base the roads break down rapidly, costing county taxpayers millions every year.$4.6 million each year to be exact, this breaks down to 20 miles rut paving, 16 miles of surface treatment, 32 miles of cold-in-place and hot-top work and maintaining or replacing 85 coverts this, services 68 miles of the counties 574 miles of road total.
The article points out that it would $18.4 million a year for next ten years (184millon) to correct and maintain deficiencies.
There are ways the county could do greatly reduce the cost burden on local taxpayers, that is to do what more advanced states /counties around the country do. That is simple and saves taxpayers millions, instead of blacktop, they use gravel.
The solution to the county's many problems is for the current board of legislators to resign because the only think of themselves (they are currently considering pay raise for themselves at the expense of friends and neighbors) yet, they do not fight state mandates are near 90 percent Of the county budget, as reported by several county treasures.
There is a high probability that many of the never read Alexis de Tocqueville 1805-1859book Democracy in America (social Democracy not political ) if they did they would learn something to serve their neighbors, and not tax them into poverty.