Following my Broken Sidewalks Report for November 2008, one Federal St. reader wanted help getting the brick sidewalks looked after.
Here is my secret: Take pictures with a digital camera or cameraphone and send them to Jason Silva, and to your councilor; in Ward 2, Mike Sosnowski, otherwise see the Salem City Council on salem.com.
Be patient; neither Jason nor your councilor can fix sidewalks on the spot (we wish!) The Salem DPW will prioritize and fix. Unfortunately, the Federal St. neighborhood has had to cope with the lack of maintenance for many years, and with the possible prospect of removing some trees that are overrunning the sidewalk. It’ll be a big project that can’t be put off for much longer.
But we can still work on the small things one brick at a time. This is very important as we go into another winter, and to its aftermath in the spring when we will find new potholes and ruts to complain about.