September 16, 2013

Cheers and Jeers: Sept. 16, 2013


---- — JEERS to drivers who don’t heed posted changes in speed limits. No one should be speeding anywhere, of course, but many irritated drivers have pointed out to us that they have other cars “on their tail” after they properly adjust their speed up or down. Take, for example, the area on Route 9 where it meets the north end of the City of Plattsburgh. Coming south off Route 9 onto Margaret Street, cars traveling at a higher rate of speed often take far too long to slow down to the city’s posted speed of 30 mph. Even if the sign weren’t apparent — it is right on the Scomotion Creek bridge — people certainly know they are entering a more urban and populated area and should slow down anyway. Leaving the city in that same area is also a problem, as some drivers rightfully accelerate from 30 mph to the next posted limit, 40 mph (just past the Scomotion Creek bridge), while others heading north want to immediately speed up to 55 mph, which isn’t allowed until near Cumberland 12 movie complex. The lesson in all this: Watch the signs, and follow the posted speed.

CHEERS to City of Plattsburgh trash collection crews, who sometimes have to labor in the worst of conditions. Summer days can be oppressively hot and humid; we all know about winter. Spring and fall can be wet, as was the case last Tuesday. Rain ranged from light to heavy, making any outdoor job that much more drudgery. But, despite that, the City Public Works Department crews were taking the extra pains to put the tops back onto garbage cans that had them so the rain wouldn’t accumulate inside. If the cans didn’t have tops, the crews were turning them upside down on the ground, after emptying them, to keep the rain out. That’s a small gesture but an important one. The insides of garbage cans get quite mucky after time, and if residents had to dump rainwater out onto lawns and driveways, there’s a good chance some unpleasant contents of the cans would accompany it. Besides, some residents may be incapable of dealing with the additional weight of the rainwater in the cans. We’ve seen some trash collectors over the years who emptied the cans and simply tossed them to the curb to land in whatever position gravity and inertia dictated. Whether the city crews are acting so thoughtfully under orders from Public Works Superintendent Mike Brodi or they’re simply nice people, the citizenry appreciates it. It is important that city crews are efficient and conscientious because they are in competition with private hauling companies that focus on customer service and include conveniences such as no-sort recycling.

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