To The Editor:
Government waste is nothing new. It has existed as long as we have had government. Resolving it completely is probably impossible. Perhaps drawing attention to it will help.
The New Martinsville City Council met on Monday, March 6, 2017. Extensive time was spent reviewing the drainage situation on 5th Street. Several residents in that area have issues with storm runoff. Homes have had wet basements on several occassions. After much debate it was determined that this would be a costly issue to address. I'm sure any action would be appreciated by homeowners in the area.
The city council also voted to gravel Umstead Lane at the last meeting. This is a dead end street that goes into Jacksons Auto Repair. Mr. Jackson has maintained the far end exclusively for the last 10 years. Just last year he used a local business to gravel this area, at a cost of $3,000. While Jacksons Auto Repair appreciates any free gravel the city is willing to provide, it seems like another example of government waste. If the city has an abundance of money to spend, maybe they could allocate some funds to assist the residents of 5th Street who are plagued by water in their homes. Supplying gravel to local business owners doesn't seem like a prudent use of taxpayers' money.
Mrs. Delinda Jackson
New Martinsville, W.Va.