Bitterroot Politics

You get what you vote for…

Bitterroot Politics - You get what you vote for…

Roads, roads, roads

It’s interesting to read through the correspondence of the county commissioners. It’s helpfully posted online. You can read it HERE.

One of the things you’ll notice if you peruse through all the standard correspondence from various government agencies is that people send a lot of letters complaining about the condition of the roads in the county. It’s probably the most popular topic overall.

The letters are consistent too. The roads are in rough shape and the current practice of filling in the holes with extra asphalt isn’t working. The hole is patched for a couple weeks then the patch falls apart and the hole is back, usually bigger than it was before.

It’s amazing that the commissioners are so tone deaf on this issue. In recent budget hearings there was no discussion of how to fund the road department in a way that would allow them to do more quality work on county roads. There was no discussion of whether the current funding levels would allow them to address the many, many, many roads that need serious work.

Instead, they acted like things were fine and kept the funding levels about the same meaning that county roads will continue to be in poor condition and many surfaces will continue to fail. You can be the commissioners get prompt service when they complain about the condition of their own roads… Too bad the rest of us can’t get that same level of service out of the road department. It’s even sadder that the commissioners are unconcerned about the condition of the roads.

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