ELEANORE B. PATULSKI: Quincy Street resident for 79 years speaks out

TO THE EDITOR:

There is pride and there are issues to be addressed.

We have now heard from some residents stating they are “proud” to live in Manistee. The street issue has nothing to do with being proud – it has to do with what is right and what is wrong. It has to do with taking care of the residents!

Anyone, who believes that residents of various streets have not tried to work quietly with the city to get streets repaired have been badly misinformed. Wearing rose colored glasses don’t hide the facts or the issues which need to be addressed.

I am a 96 years old, and have lived on Quincy Street for 79 years. I look out my front window and see hundreds of potholes and patches which have accumulated since I moved in my home as a newlywed. It pains me to think the city has already reworked roads in the failed industrial park which were decades newer than Quincy and other north side streets. City officials, however, choose to not issue a special bond to address our nearby roads like they did when connecting the city sewer system on the south side. Why not?

It is pretty sad when some of the city’s best roads are in the industrial park, and the worst are in residential areas.

Like most elderly people, I have plenty of time to watch and think:

  • In the winter, I have watched as the asphalt peels off the road when the snow plow hits the lumpy, bumpy surface that was created by the DPW in its feeble attempt to repair potholes;
  • In the summer, I watch as the street sweeper efficiently uproots the “repairs” the city has made, and I contemplate how far the cold patch material will be thrown into my yard. Will it only reach the grassy and non-existent curbside, land on the sidewalk or make it to the front steps?
  • When it rains, I watch as water drains from the road onto the sidewalk bringing with it loose asphalt, and of course, loose cold patch material that has landed on the sidewalk and elsewhere; and
  • I watch as the DPW employees come back to do more cold patching, and again I watch the street sweeper do its efficient work when it returns.

The “patch-it, sweep-it” cycle is like watching a comedy show on TV! I think that Manistee city officials should video the scene and make it into a game show titled the “Real Manistee.”

I maintain my home with pride. Neglected roads, however, do little to motivate home owners to invest in home improvements, and this shows throughout Manistee.

I would appreciate someone in city management telling me exactly when Quincy Street and similar streets in the city will be properly repaired and maintained. Is that too much for a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother to ask?

Eleanore B. Patulski

Manistee

One comment on “ELEANORE B. PATULSKI: Quincy Street resident for 79 years speaks out

  1. avatar517

    To all who have commented on the streets of Manistee I commend you- thank you very much. I sincerely believe that the city officials need to do their job and take care of the streets. If this community could raise 2,5 million for the Vogue, 3 million for Man Made Lake, 3+ million for city hall, 2+million Ramsdell Theatre, 3+ million for a new high school, etc., then the street repair projects should be able to be completed in 2014.

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