It is long overdue that I take the time to compliment and to thank the folks at the Borough Road Service Area for their works and their efforts with regard to the neighborhoods involved in the Karluk area flooding these past two months. My first encounter with this borough department was with Carey Ward when the Borough was fixing to tear up my driveway to put in culverts.
Mine was a quite minor inconvenience compared with most of my neighbors. Nonetheless I was concerned with access to my land and interested in what the plan was. I found Ward to be direct, professional, informative and accommodating ... all, in my opinion, laudable attributes for a government employee.
The Borough has been criticized by some for lack of action. To be sure, when our needs dire or approach such, little can be done that is fast enough nor complete enough to relieve our anxieties soon enough. That said I applaud the Borough for moving slowly and for adhering to what the Borough charter mandates and allows. While the Borough has responsibilities, and while in times of need we, as Borough residents, might well wish for more, the facts are that the Borough, nor any form of government, can, nor should be expected to fix everything and solve all problems.
So, my thanks to all who lent their time and talents in challenging weather, hauling pumps and hoses, digging and placing culverts, topping and repairing water damaged road surfaces. Oh, and that bit of snow we had Thursday afternoon and into the night ... our roads here were cleared before I made it out my driveway late the next morning. Thanks for that as well!