I was thrilled today reading the headline of Amanda Gire’s article: “Better streets in the future for residents.” Better streets will be welcomed by all residents and appreciated by visitors and commuters through our town.


I was thrilled today reading the headline of Amanda Gire’s article: “Better streets in the future for residents.” Better streets will be welcomed by all residents and appreciated by visitors and commuters through our town. 


  While the streets mentioned are of primary concern, I’m concerned for the future maintenance of those streets.  We’ve all seen maintenance of streets that just don’t make the grade. What’s accomplished if we have a quality job done initially but upkeep is below standard? Remember the patches on Kickapoo in the “brick” area south of I-40 and the one that remains at 32nd Street and Kickapoo? Is it untrained personnel or use of inferior materials?  


Every residential addition has their own story. Mine is in Smoking Oaks. The heavy June 2007 rains peeled the asphalt right off the top of the bridge on Hardesty at Pine Ridge. That’s the only access to more than 150 homes. Patience was the word of the day.  We knew we weren’t the only neighborhood affected by the storms and there was a lot of work to do. The day the crews showed up for the “final” repair was a day to cheer! Or so we thought. 


 When I saw the final result I asked my husband, “Are they done?  Is that it?”  I couldn’t believe the poor job that was apparently acceptable to whoever says, “Acceptable.” Looking for the good here, you could say that it’s good that cars have to slow down right by the park where our children play. And the animals always have a place to cool their feet in the puddle right at the neighbor’s driveway.  Which also means we’ll have no shortage of mosquitoes.


Shawnee deserves higher standards. Shawnee, that’s us, me and you. And when we hold the same thought, there’s the power.


Cathy Goodine,
Shawnee