Local officials clueless about road conditions

Opening up today’s State Journal Register and reading an article in regards to road conditions in Central Illinois had me fuming. It also confirms to me that local officials in several communities are completely clueless as to what the actual road conditions are in the area. Yesterdays sun did not melt any snow and ice accumulation. At least not for the roads that were not plowed the day before. I would like to personally invite Chatham public works director Meredith Branham to get out of her office and drive her vehicle in my neighborhood. She would find that her crew hasn’t made any effort to remove snow or ice from the roads within this part of Chatham, Illinois.

It just absolutely sickens me when public officials are allowed to lie and when we have reporters that obviously are not checking their facts.  Meredith Branham stated in the SJR article that snow removal was done and cinders were put down for traction. Exactly where at? Not in my part of Chatham. I can show you roads that haven’t had a snow plow down them that are nothing but a sheet of ice. Now maybe Meredith only drives the main roads or only allows her vehicle to drive within the more affluent neighborhoods of Chatham. But I can promise you this. Once again my neighborhood has been forgotten by her and the road crew she supposedly oversees. I’m almost certain that if anyone bothered to drive the streets of Springfield, IL neighborhoods you would find very similar situations. This really angers me when public officials try and act as if they are getting the job done. When a large amount of those they are suppose to serve aren’t seeing the services their tax dollars pay for.

For the record I’d be more than happy to provide another picture of the sheet of ice outside of our home that is supposedly a street that has been cleared by the Chatham Public Works Department. If someone thinks I’m not being truthful. You are also more than welcome to interview the local FedEx driver about road conditions in our part of Chatham. I’d also tell you to interview yesterdays UPS driver and his partner if you need confirmation in regards to the article I posted previously.

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The reporter who wrote the road conditions article for the today’s addition was the one who was nice enough to interview me a few years back. Amanda Reavy.

The last time we had a sheet of ice for a public street the situation was the same. At no time did anyone from the Chatham Street Department make an effort to use cinders, salt or the yellow liquid they used a few years ago to reduce the ice accumulation.

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Mix of cold, snow, ice a challenge for road crews – Springfield, IL – The State Journal-Register

“You couldn’t really get it clear because you had the ice underneath there. … We just cleared the snow and put cinders down for traction,” Chatham public works director Meredith Branham said.

Well it should would have been nice if she would have had her work crew try and at least make an effort in my neighborhood.

Freezing rain, icing on the way today – Springfield, IL – The State Journal-Register

2 thoughts on “Local officials clueless about road conditions”

  1. If that is the case then I apologize. But you would think that any competent webmaster would have the head of the streets department actually named and photographed on the city website page related to that function. That page was linked by me and that person isn’t picture or mentioned. Also in my world ( which may be limited ). I don’t know to many men with that name. Either way it doesn’t take away from the fact that once again we have reporters taking public officials at face value. And we have those same officials who don’t bother most days to leave the office to check the actual progress.

    Again I will state this isn’t the first time in either Springfield or Chatham that I have come across this issue. It also is not the first time a State Journal Register reporter wrote an article stating the roads were clear when they in fact weren’t.

    I guess it will take someone getting hurt or seriously injured before communities will start taking their responsibilities a bit more seriously. There were several close calls on my street in the past couple of days. I have forgotten – lazy people like many in my neighborhood should be rewarded. The neighborhood shouldn’t have clean sidewalks, roads and driveways. If it were up to me landlords, home owners and businesses would held accountable for not doing basic winter maintenance. There should be a way to hold public officials just as accountable.

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