From what I see around town, it seems that Council is only focusing its paving program on the main roads this year, while many other roads are left neglected. Corner Brook is more than the main streets!
If you go to any number of side streets, be careful! Potholes, missing layers of pavement and ruts await you. It’s not as if the Mayor and Council aren’t aware of these issues. Many people have told me that they have made complaints about their roads, but to no avail. Silence and inaction are what they have experienced.
When a waterline breaks in winter or spring, city crews need to dig up the road to carry out repairs. That’s understandable. But nobody should have to wait six months or more to see these areas replaced. The same goes for potholes.
Of course if you don’t spend enough money on road maintenance each year, the roads will quickly fall apart.
Here’s what this Mayor and Council have spent on roads:
- At the May 10 public meeting earlier this year, Council announced that they are planning to spend only $1.7 million on the city’s 2021 annual paving program.
- In 2020, according to the June 20 council minutes, they spent $1.6 million on street paving
- In 2019 the paving program was valued at $2.785 million (Council meeting June 17, 2019).
- In 2018 the amount was announced at $1.9 Million.
By comparison, between 2014 and 2017, the city spent over $ 3 Million on roads each and every year! That’s a big difference from what we have seen over the past few years from the current council. And the lack of investment really has added up.
If I am elected to city council, I commit to once again making roads a priority. In order to take pride in our City, we need to maintain it properly.
And I’ll end the silence. You’ll know where things stand with the paving program. You’ll know how much the city is spending and where that money is going.
Let’s get Corner Brook moving again!