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Chip sealing has begun on Helena streets. This past week sections of Floweree, Malden and other upper Westside streets were chip sealed, although they seemed to be in good repair before the chip seal. Meanwhile, sections of 5th, 6th, 8th and 9th streets (especially 9th) are a pathetic array of random asphalt patches and potholes. Who makes the decision concerning which streets are chip sealed and by what criteria? And what is that person's qualifications?

On another note, after many decades of total neglect, the retaining wall for Hawthorne school along Madison was deemed a failure and was replaced. Over the summer neighbors were treated to an endless stream of workers' trucks and big tonka toys. Very often 10 workers would arrive in the morning and eight of them would watch two of them actually work. The replacement wall is adequate, but anachronistic and does not fit in with the style of Hawthorne or the neighborhood. The sod to cover the reworked soil was delivered and installed before the sprinkler system was installed. Who was managing that project? What were his/her qualifications to manage an expensive project? These are my taxpayer dollars and I am concerned.

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Joan D'Aoust

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