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A failing grade

August 31, 2014 - Blaine Hyska
Kingsford is paving Westwood Avenue. That’s great news. The roadway needed it.

Congratulations to the city for arranging this undertaking.

The bad news is the project is not complete, and school starts on Tuesday, Sept. 2.

For those of you unfamiliar, Westwood Avenue is the main thoroughfare to Woodland Elementary School in Kingsford, the largest elementary school in the county.

Think lots of harried parents dropping off their children for the first day of school. This can be a stressful situation. Meanwhile, they must dodge road construction machinery and road workers.

Come on, people.

Would you start painting your ceilings the day before out-of-town guests arrive? Wouldn’t you have everything ready for the big day?

Westwood Avenue stood silent all summer. The road construction started about two weeks before school started.

When arranging the road project, someone — anyone — at Kingsford City Hall should have raised their hand and pointed out the big back-to-school day.

Someone should have made sure that the orange barrels were removed long before students returned to class. Someone should have made sure that the project was completed for the convenience of the residents, the taxpayers.

Isn’t that what city officials do?

Kingsford officials earned a failing grade on this one.



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