Saturday, February 7, 2009

A Question and an Answer.

I believe in communicating with our citizens after all I am one of them. I received an interesting question from a citizen yesterday. I don't think it falls within the parameters of what a mayor is supposed to deal with but I can answer the question and so maybe it does. I want to answer it because I feel that if you are passionate about an issue and are willing to pursue your passion then my job would be to put you in front of those people who I know could help you deal with that issue/problem/item. Realize though that others may not agree with you. All I can do is try to give people a fair opportunity to present their cause to the appropriate audience. Here is the question;

DEAR MR.LEITZELL

WHAT CAN BE DONE OF THE CORNER OF WAYNE AND WILMINGTON WITH OF THE 6 FOOT DEEP STEEL RTA POLES WHICH KILL PEOPLE FOR ONE THE POLE MY BROTHER MARK WAS KILLED AT IN 1998 IS STILL THERE BENT NEVER PAINTED THESE POLES ARE LEGALLY TOO CLOSE TO THE STREETS. IT IS LIKE DRIVING A GAUNTLETT WITH TRUCKS AND STEEL POLES WHAT WILL YOU DO ABOUT THIS?


My answer is as follows;

This is the first time that I have heard that this was a problem, though I know that the city declares this intersection to be one of the most dangerous in the city. The intersection at Wayne and Wilmington is going to be expanded this year. The city got funding from the state of Ohio for the project and my neighborhood association initiated public input meetings three years ago so they had enough time to react to all the problems associated with the project that many people still feel is unnecessary. Those affected by the project have had plenty of time to negotiate with the city and my understanding is that most are content with the result. I expect the poles will be moved. They may end up being placed near the road again though. I don't know what the distance has to be in order to be "legal" by the city code. If you are concerned then you can contact the city engineer in charge of the project and explain your case. I don't have his name or phone number but you can call the Southeast Priority Board co-coordinator, Connie Nisonger at 333-7380 and get that information. If you are disappointed with what you are told then you can contact me again and I will get you to state your case to the Walnut Hills Association. If the members agree with your opinion I can solicit public support for your case and help from that angle. Our neighborhood association can influence the outcome and ensure that the city follows its own codes.

This may not be the answer that our citizen wants to hear because it requires their participation but it is really what I can do under the circumstances because the development is occurring this year. The power of individual citizens in this city is greater than city hall would have you believe. The power of neighborhood associations is greater than they would have you believe, too. These are two things I know that I can help with. If we empower our neighborhoods and our citizens with the knowledge they need to improve where they live then we create desirable places to live and we give citizens the power with which to hold their civil servants accountable for what they do.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

the corner of wayne and wyoming is still the same how much lip service until change?

Anonymous said...

Dear Mayor Leitzel,

Please check into the corner of wayne and wyoming. when will work be started?

Stephen Partenach

Stephen Partenach III said...

I believe in communicating with our citizens after all I am one of them. I received an interesting question from a citizen yesterday. I don't think it falls within the parameters of what a mayor is supposed to deal with but I can answer the question and so maybe it does. I want to answer it because I feel that if you are passionate about an issue and are willing to pursue your passion then my job would be to put you in front of those people who I know could help you deal with that issue/problem/item. Realize though that others may not agree with you. All I can do is try to give people a fair opportunity to present their cause to the appropriate audience. Here is the question;

DEAR MR.LEITZELL

WHAT CAN BE DONE OF THE CORNER OF WAYNE AND WILMINGTON WITH OF THE 6 FOOT DEEP STEEL RTA POLES WHICH KILL PEOPLE FOR ONE THE POLE MY BROTHER MARK WAS KILLED AT IN 1998 IS STILL THERE BENT NEVER PAINTED THESE POLES ARE LEGALLY TOO CLOSE TO THE STREETS. IT IS LIKE DRIVING A GAUNTLETT WITH TRUCKS AND STEEL POLES WHAT WILL YOU DO ABOUT THIS?