I wish to respond to Linda’s article on the paving project in Anamoose.
Contrary to what Linda said, there has been talk of paving the Anamoose streets for years. On June 2nd, 2011 a public meeting was held by the Anamoose City Council where an engineer discussed the project with us. Because of the positive response the City Board moved ahead with the project. They had previously investigated to see if there were any state or federal funds available for paving, but there have been none available.
The pictures show the standing water and ruts on the streets right now. There are so many advantages to paving. For us walkers, it is a no-brainer to head for the paved streets. On the gravel roads there are rocks, standing water and uneven surfaces that make it difficult to walk. Bike riding and roller blading are great on pavement, but not on gravel roads.
Dust! I especially remember the 100th Anniversary celebration for the school in July, 2011 when the dust was blowing up my street. My daughter, Tami, said “I can’t believe you don’t have paving in Anamoose yet”. And it is only going to get worse if we get increased traffic.
We just got back from vacation in New Mexico. We took smaller roads, and I watched for paving when we went by small communities. I only saw 2 towns that I could see that didn’t have paving and they were so dilapidated I could see why.
I received an email a while back. It was about an article “Why Do Some Small Towns Die While Other Small Towns Grow” by Dr. Cornilla Flora, a former Kansas State University professor. One paragraph applies to our situation. “Growing towns have a willingness to tax themselves. They move beyond want and action. Dying towns accurately identified needs, but that’s where everything stopped. They thought someone else should pay the bill for their gain and weren’t willing to tax themselves.”
Are we willing to pay for improving Anamoose? Do we want to make Anamoose better-and continue to attract people to our community? Do we want to grow-not fade away? Then vote yes for the paving!