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March 25th, 2009 by Temple City Tribune
In your recent front page story about the Ficus trees in Sierra Madre and Pasadena, I think you really missed the big picture, or maybe you have a short memory. How easy it is to forget the day-after-day, week-after-week of the county sanitation district trucks being parked on Sierra Madre Blvd. and Baldwin Ave. trying to keep the main-line sewer drains open.
More than once, stores on the south side of Sierra Made Blvd. had to close to be sanitized as a result of main-line back-ups. The sanitation engineers reported that the Ficus’ roots had an uncanny ability to penetrate the sewer lines and completely block them.It seemed at one time the trucks were almost a permanent fixture. It amazed me that the district did not propose a special emergency tax on our city to recover the costs of the extra needed service. I think if we had not removed the trees that would not have been long in coming..
Look around, several cities have taken the same approach to minimize sidewalk and sewer damage.
-George A. Maurer
Former Sierra Madre Mayor
Re: The “Extra” $1,000,000
To: Mayor and City Council of Sierra Madre
Cc: City Manager, Finance Director
I am not entirely clear whether the recent audit as reported means we have an “extra” $1,000,000 or not.
If we do, however, I want to remind everyone where it came from, which is to say “savings” from not performing over-deferred maintenance of our infrastructure. One example is my street which was scheduled to be repaved years ago and which has, because of the delay, deteriorated to a point where it will be much more expensive to repave than it would have. I am sure that everyone in town can point to comparable examples in streets and less visible things.
Before anyone makes any decisions to, in effect, “give away” any such funds, we should perform the work that should have been done years ago before matters get even worse.
I can’t tell you how pleased I was to see your Weekly on the newsstands in Sierra Madre with Sir Eric Maundry’s columns.
At least half a dozen friends called and told me they picked up the paper! Some people don’t have computers to go online and while they have heard of Sir Eric’s columns, they don’t really get much chance to read them. Now they can! Thanks so much, I will patronize your advertisers and spread the word!