The Old Curmudgeon: Sidewalks need fixing

September 2015 Posted in Columnists & Opinion

I love Silverton. It is the best town I have lived in and I have lived in quite a few towns. Silverton is tolerant, friendly, loving and full of great talent, and well run. Oh, well, one can always blame the city council for something, but that goes with the territory.

I don’t see an armed revolution on the way, so what have I got to complain about?

Tables, chairs and benches strategically placed in front of our downtown shops, seem to say welcome, sit down, relax and smile at those passing by.

But I am asking businesses to please make sure you are leaving enough room for mothers pushing baby carriages, for handicapped people who used mobility scooters or wheelchairs, or for hand-in-hand lovers to move down the street without them feeling like they are running an obstacle course.

The next time our Silverton City Council is looking for a project to spend money on, they might consider what can be done to smooth out the bumps, cracks and drop offs that send painful jolts up spines especially in the downtown. I realize there has been some attempt to remedy this situation in the past, the small yellow painted ramps help, but some of them make you turn in a direction you don’t want to go and some sidewalks lead to a sudden drop off big enough to upend a handicapped person’s vehicle.

I’m sure someone would be kind enough to offer members of the council their scooter or wheelchair for enough time to experience this problem, just a thought.

I am also not too happy with the long hot spell we have had this summer. It just does not seem like the Silverton weather I know but I suppose there is nothing the city council can do about that.

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