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2/21/2012 1:01:00 PM
Letter: We need less talk more action from Cottonwood


Cottonwood city is mostly talk, little action.

Back in November 2009, the city said 12th Street from 89A to Fir Street would be repaved with some of the “roller-coaster” hills leveled some.

Here it is, two years later, and the only work done on the road is to paint bicycle share the road while the pot holes get worse and damage our cars.

Oh yes, the city did increase the sales tax too.

This part of 12th Street needs to be fixed as it is one of only two ways to get around the city if there is an accident down on Main Street between Bank of America and Giant Gas Station. On a positive note, thanks for the addition of comics in the Sunday papers. It is nice to read something humorous.

Langdon Towne


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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, February 23, 2012
Article comment by: so which is it really?

on one had we have folks claiming that the city isn't doing enough... and the other that the city is doing too much...

seems like a lose/lose for the city and a boon for the comments section of the paper...

maybe if folks spent less time grousing in here and a bit more time in the real world interacting with the folks they complain about, something might actually get done/not done or whatever...

Posted: Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Article comment by: legal plunder might want to

recall that there were public meetings held, with several different options on how the road could be constructed... and the ~public~ chose.

it seems it was the city who was trying to explore options to reduce the cost and complexity?

anytime you have over 1 person involved in a decision there might be a disagreement... so trying to satisfy whatever the number of folks here is must be quite a fun time... or not.

Posted: Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Article comment by: Legal Plunder

I'd like to see the road finished but, not impressed with the additional million it will take to put side walks on both sides of the road. Hello!! This is overkill in this low density neighborhood. I was told it will cost more for the purchase of the easments from property owners since its not wide enough. Look at Fir Street. It does not have double side walks yet serves the community well. Our Town leaders demonstrate over and again that they have no concept of money as we have seen in nearly every decission made. This is an another foolish act of fudicary misdeeds imposed on its citizens. City short on common sense. But hey...whats an extra million!...especially when its not their money.

Posted: Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Article comment by: Randy Victory

I wonder if you have been to many city council meetings. The City is on track for the 12th Street improvements. Delays have only to do with proper design of the roadway, location of utilities, drainage, cost control, and other critical considerations. Roadway projects are among the most expensive overall - in the long run, it's much less expensive to do them right the first time.
Anyway, when the project is finished, I think you'll find it was worth the wait!!

Posted: Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Article comment by: this item has been covered

in the minutes of council meetings and on the verde valley tv broadcast of the meetings...

if either of those don't work you could always contact the city manager or council members.

you might get the info you are after faster that a letter to the paper...

based upon the meetings it looks like there have been delays due to the city staff looking at options to save the citizens money in the construction process and there were a couple public meetings for the public to offer opinions on the style of street they wanted...

i hope you find what you are looking for and it will be great once the street is fixed...

Posted: Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Article comment by: Dr. Charles St. George

Nice comment by Mr. Towne. I live on 12th street and all I see being done is occasional patch work repair to a few potholes and of course the painted bicycles. When will this project begin? Did not the city council pass with a yes vote on this project? Maybe we all misunderstood the vote was for a future project and not a current project? Anyway, quit raising our taxes for salary increases and pet projects and get the work started and finished on 12th street!

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