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Thursday, February 9

See Click FIXED

Here is a post reported on the SeeClickFix.com website that we write about weekly (when it is possible)

Red light at Rock and Rt.50 burned out

The red light facing Rock St. on the North Broadway side of the intersection with the arterial has been burned out for at least 4 months
Related Issues, reported Gary Hasbrouck

The first two comments were about what you would expect and see often. People giving info on who to call to fix it.

"Report This to DOT. It's their responsibility. 1-800-POT-HOLE," said PD, who, by the way has 1785 civic points. I don't know what that means, but it's impressive.

Next, someone said they had, indeed, reported the problem to DOT.

But here's the one that gets me:

"It will be fixed later today.

I find it strange that Mr. Hasbrouck took the time to get on his computer, go to the website, and enter his issue rather than take the 10 seconds to call NYSDOT and report the problem so we can fix it.

Thanks,
Mark Pyskadlo, P.E.
NYSDOT - Region One Traffic Engineering
328 State Street, Schenectady, NY 12305
(518) 388-0380"

Even the DOT is using SeeClickFix to get things done!

And I just want to say, in solidarity with Gary Hasbrouck, NOTHING involving a state agency takes 10 seconds. Granted, it would have been easier for the DOT if Gary would have just called, but just trying to figure out who to call can often take longer than it should.

And actually, I called the 1-800-POT-HOLE number supplied by PD, and I did get someone immediately, but it was an operator who takes calls specifically about potholes, and faxes the info to the DOT.

She said she could take more info if I wanted to report another complaint, but she said she didn't know if they would check for anything but potholes.

So FYI, if you have a pothole to report, by all means that 800 number works. Otherwise, I guess call Mark, or report it on Seeclickfix.com

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3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lucian,

Any chance you can do a story on the Indoor Rec. facility revenue.

Word has it that only $93,100 was realized in 2011. But the mayor budgeted $166,500 and was going to budget more before some citizens explained to him at the budget hearings in the fall of 2010 that even $166,500 was not achievable.

Of course, he was also far short in 2010. How then is he financing the operation and maintenance of the facility that he said would be paid for by rent revenue? Why is it so underutilized?

Of course the annual debt service on it comes from the property tax and is over $400,000 a year.

Now he tells us that the new parking garage will pay for itself but of course it won't. Any help would be appreciated. Obviously he is not going to announce this debacle.

February 12, 2012 at 9:30 AM 
Blogger Lucian said...

Actually, Anonymous, that has been on my "To-do" list for a while now. I was planning on a January story, but between EMS, bedbugs and everything else it kept getting pushed back.

I assure you, though, I'll be looking into the Indoor Rec. Center.

February 14, 2012 at 1:45 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good, maybe a story on why the city has failed to do anything with Waterfront Park even with a lot of money in hand.

There was a $200,000 grant award in early 2010, almost two years ago, and there is almost $200,000 left over from the original acquisition.

The mayor's office failed to get funding for the last two EPF grant cycles, but why is is not going forward with Phase 1 with the resources he already has.

What ever happened to the 2009 grant awarded in 2010.

And what about the nearly $400,000 in the recreation trust fund? Time for answers please. In the meantime we are paying for the original $2 million bond and the "Park" remains closed and locked.

If the Council is going to throw this money away maybe it's time to sell the park and pay off the debt.

February 14, 2012 at 3:16 PM 

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