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DOT requirements unreasonable

Posted: September 23, 2011 - 9:36am

My wife receives the Sterling Senior Center News (The Centerfold) and as I was browsing the Sept. 2011 issue I came across the Board of Directors News: “The Alaska DOT is making us move our sign as it is 3.5 feet into the right-of-way.”

SCC (Sterling Senior Center) has gone out of its way to accommodate the community. It provides numerous services for the elder. It has sheltered a church until they could do it themselves, weddings, retirement parties, fundraisers for groups/persons who need it.

SCC would not be here without the volunteers and donations it receives. I would guess that it will take $5,000 to move the sign 3.5 feet. What plans does the State have that it’s so important to move that sign? Is the State going to put in a rail system between Soldotna and Sterling and just have to have that 3.5 feet? Or maybe landscape the right-of-way? So they (DOT) can plant grass and mow it 2-3 times a year? Currently, they let bushes grow up as high as a moose and then hire a contractor to mow them down. That is, what the four-wheelers and dirt bikes don’t destroy. SSC relies heavily on donations to stay open and provide for the community. Where as, all HEA (another so called non-profit) has to do is ‘press the easy button – the RCA’ and up goes the rates.

So from now on any one who sees a State vehicle on private property, stop and tell the driver/drivers they have no business any where other than state property — right-of-ways.

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drudge 09/23/11 - 10:06 am
@Mr. Randall

Regardless of all the good that SCC does for the community, the issue here is that the sign was incorrectly placed in the right-of-way. A just cause is not an excuse to break the rules.

You really think it will cost five thousand dollars to move a sign? I shudder to think how much the sign cost to install in the first place. Since it was such a large expense, maybe somebody should have paid attention to where it was being placed?

It doesn't really matter what the State plans on doing with the right-of-way. The SCC's sign shouldn't have been placed there in the first place. Get it right the first time, and there's absolutely no issue. Shouldn't you be complaining about whoever installed the sign incorrectly?

Your letter breaks down into barely-coherent rambling at this point. What relevance do four-wheelers, dirt bikes, lawn-mowing, and HEA have with your core complaint (moving a sign)?

And, frankly, I find your call-to-action incredibly misguided. What business do you have telling State workers where they can and can't go? Unless they're on your private property, you'd be guilty of the same thing that you're telling them not to do!

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