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LETTER: Town Official Says Drainage Problem Being Addressed

Extensive repairs were made to the Baltimore and Hegstrom area using “infrared repair,” according to Stephen Stanziano, director of public works

Letter from Stephen Stanziano, director of public works:

First let me state there is no “corner of Monroe and Baltimore” as stated by the writer; they do not intersect. There is a problem in the area located at the intersection of Baltimore and Hegstrom, which I assume is the proper location. There has been a long-standing drainage problem in this area that resulted from the vacation of a portion of Bloomfield and New York avenues.

Approximately a year ago, extensive repairs were made to the roadway using “infrared repair.” Unfortunately, the repair didn’t withstand the elements and we have been discussing an alternate repair method over the past few months. Our plan is to mill a larger portion of the roadway (too big for an infrared repair) and replace the asphalt in the problem area at a width of 15 feet to ensure greater stability of the repair. The work is scheduled for the spring when the asphalt plants re-open.

We have been fully aware of this problem and it will be addressed shortly. As per our files, we have received one request for service relating to this problem.

Regarding Colonial Drive South, this work was performed in 2006. It was our first curbing project on a public roadway. While it is not perfect and there is a waviness to it, this is the first complaint we have received in 6 and a half years (none regarding dizziness). The curb remains structurally sound and performs its function of directing stormwater to inlets, and of identifying the edge of the roadway (extremely helpful during snowplow operations). A evident from the recent project on Colonial Drive, our skills in the construction of concrete curbing have improved. “Experience is the best teacher.”

I hope this meets with satisfaction.

Stephen Stanziano

Director of Public Works

Original message from Ontopofit:

Those in Boy Scouts know that for camping, the troop pays for a camp site and the troop gets no services. You must fend for yourself off the land.

Much like Roosevelt City. A Boy Scout camp with nice hoses. The mayor has provided nothing in the 20+ years since I built my home.

The only thing we an expect is road work, yet most intersections flood. One day someone will hydroplane into another car and the town will be sued. I will even testify. The corner of Monroe and Baltimore has been patched 50 times and is still wrong!

Remember the curb job the road crew did on Colonial toward the high school? It had so many waves it made you dizzy driving past it. They had too much equipment there and too many personnel for too long. They did not save a dime for the town.

Wake up and let's get someone who can run a town for families. Parks are nice but they are also easier than providing real services to the residents. Hold off on parks until we have some infrastructure or at least basic needs met.

ballyjduf February 15, 2013 at 12:14 PM
Overpaid --- Stephen Stanziano
Michael Fressola February 15, 2013 at 01:53 PM
WhitingBoy February 15, 2013 at 02:21 PM
I don't know what the solution is (I imagine it would be tough to retro-fit a section of town for sewers, and have no idea what the infrared repair is...I'll have to Google it). I do know that the top of NY Avenue in Roosevelt City has been flooded for at least fifteen years. One family in front of the flood zone had to replace the septic system in their front yard. I do not pretend to know what the solution is or to say it is easy (but I am not an elected official or in charge of public works, so i don't need to); but I am not sure "we are discussing it" is a proper sentiment either given the length of time from problem onset to now. If you are in charge of Manchester and it's streets, you needent be prodded to know that there is a flooding problem for years, unless you just never venture into that side of town. Maybe we should ask that the tax checks get picked up so there is a reason to come west?
Billabong February 15, 2013 at 02:59 PM
At least Mr. Stanziano responded to the issue to inform and update the public (which should be done with a number of issues facing us residents - including the recent reassessment process). Whether or not you agree with his remarks can be debated. The immediate question that came to my mind after reading his response was: who was hired to do these "extensive repairs?" Taxpayers footed the bill for the repairs, they were made "approximately one year ago," and, by Stanziano's admission, alternate repairs are needed and being discussed. Someone should be held accountable for making repairs that failed in just a year. When you're hired to do a job, you do it right - or fix it. Hopefully, residents will be updated on the issue as it moves forward.
bobo February 15, 2013 at 03:52 PM
Mayor , why do you always attack people ? in public or in print . not sure if thats how you should be acting , being a public servant and acting for the town . are you doing this on a township computer ?
Keith Brown February 15, 2013 at 04:02 PM
Speaking of road repairs, the roads in Roosevelt City are very deterioarted. Some areas have grass growing in the streets. One main road (Coolidge Ave) was paved several years ago, but all the side streets are in much need of resurfacing.
CM February 15, 2013 at 04:14 PM
Manchester Township should Utilize SeeClickFix.com, it makes it easy to report issues. Unless of course, they don't want make it easy to report issues. http://www.seeclickfix.com/issues/401630-unsafe-road
WhitingBoy February 15, 2013 at 04:15 PM
@Billabong: I agree...that Mayor Fressola and Mr. Stanziano are on here responding is a very good thing. If one resident has an issue or concern, it is good to assume that others may also. It may not always be pleasant, but communication is a necessity.
patricia lorenc February 16, 2013 at 10:09 AM
Received my new tax bill.. wow.. have to say I dont feel i am getting my monies worth. no sewers, no public water, no garbage pickup, no sidewalks, no fire hydrants, no curbs, volunteer firefighters, volunteer first aid, flooded streets. what am i paying for... police.. thank God for them... but $8500 a year is a lot to pay for the little attention we receive...just because we live in roosevelt city doesnt mean we can bear the burden.
Bryan February 16, 2013 at 07:30 PM
Many streets in pine lake park area flood everytime it rains. When will they pave the road going into the high school? You can lose your front end driving in there and a street light might be nice?


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