Hey, sometimes, the system works, and snarky little paragraphs get results. Couple of weeks ago, On Patrol focused on a new sidewalk on Maitland St. that was obstructed by some poorly placed telephone poles.
Mere days after we issued the ticket, the sidewalk had been widened by freshly-poured asphalt at every offending pole. This email, from HRM's Communications head honcho John O'Brien, explains roughly what happened:
The Maitland St. sidewalk work indicated in the article last issue wasundertaken by the developer of the Brickyard Development on MaitlandSt. The sidewalk was constructed 1.5 m ( 5 ft ) wide. Where there is noboulevard the sidewalk width is normally a minimum of 2.1 m (7 ft). Thiswould provide ~ 1.2 m (4 ft) clearance between the power poles and theback of sidewalk.
Planning & Development have spoken to the Developer's consultant (CBCL)and they will be providing temporary asphalt pads around thepower/telephone poles in order to provide a barrier free movement(temporary solution). Planning and Development are working with theDeveloper and their consultant to find a permanent solution to theproblem and have advised that the sidewalk will not remain in itscurrent state. Steps have been taken to correct the problem on atemporary basis, as well as steps to develop a permanent solution.
Success! Another problem on it's way to being permanently fixed. Onward and upward. Keep sending us your municipal malfunctions for near-immediate results.