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Originally published: 2012-10-08 13:27:24
Last modified: 2012-10-08 13:27:24

Road projects must move forward

The decision of the Boone Town Council to pull the Chestnut Drive connector is another example of this community's further falling behind on needed municipal projects ("Boone scraps Chestnut Street connector project," Sept. 24). I am not even going to comment on the Howard Street project that was put forth 20 years ago. While not a one-on-one comparison, China built its Great Wall much quicker.

I had thought that when there were turnovers in the town council membership, we might see the changes in leadership Boone needs to build for now and the future. But evidently this is a false hope.
 It appears from council's action on the Chestnut connector, it cannot even move when the state does provide resources. I can list a number of streets that need significant improvements from widening to sidewalks right now [e.g., State Farm, Greenway, West King, Queen Street, Howard from new ASU College of Education to Hardin).

Keeping up with just resurfacing can also be added. And check out some drains when it really rains (e.g. Blowing Rock Road and N.C. 105 intersection).

Yes, you do not get something for nothing. Enter money and budgets.

I have asked some in positions of leadership why this "hit and miss" approach to meeting this town's overall needs. The reason given? It would require a tax increase. Yes, it would, and probably in support of a bond issue. But a reasonable increase may be needed to meet infrastructure needs. I say this as a homeowner and resident for 43 years. Educating the benefits to the entire community might just "fly" by pointing out the consequences of doing nothing. There is the quote from somewhere that "taxes are the price of civilization."

Boone's political and civic leadership needs to face the realities of the 21st century and stop thinking we are a 19th century quaint mountain community somewhere in northwestern North Carolina.

Thomas Jamison

Boone