More examples of throwing money away

Published 6:49 pm Thursday, July 5, 2018

Dear Editor,

Would someone within our city government please explain to me the “necessity” to create a brand new sidewalk for The Thread on the southern side of West Haralson Street next to PNC Bank? Why not go down the northern side of the same street where a sidewalk with fancy curves already exists? By taking this new route, crews had to create a retaining wall next to the bank’s parking lot. They had to impede already slow traffic by creating one-lane traffic only, and local citizens had more of their tax dollars wasted because they had to pour thousands of dollars of concrete to construct the retaining wall. Just another case of throwing good money after bad — another example of our city not being sound stewards of our hard-earned tax dollars. And now the LaGrange City Council, with the exception of Councilman Nathan Gaskins, has voted to increase our utility rates.

And why are we tearing up perfectly excellent sidewalks in order to simply replace them with sidewalks just a little wider? And let us not even bring up the trees that the city has cut down to make room for the wider sidewalks.

As Ron White said, “You can’t fix stupid.” This $20 million project is ridiculous. We have other things a lot more pressing than this wide sidewalk with silly signage galore.

Tommy Callaway