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Archive for Tuesday, September 7, 1999

PUBLIC RELATIONS

September 7, 1999

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To the editor:

I would like to respond to Mr. Dwane Schaake's question regarding the problem of the tar on 1200E Road.

He asked, "What should we have done? Gone door to door letting everybody know?" Well, yes.

As a local government employee myself, it's one of our main priorities to notify the public of any projects or emergencies in their area. It's called public relations, Mr. Schaake.

He forgot to mention that 1066N Road is right in the middle of the area being worked on so the residents HAD to drive on it. The project started at 7:30 a.m. and these people had to go to work, appointments, etc. Having relatives on that road, I drive on 1200E almost daily. Had they known beforehand, they would have made plans to park away from the worksite and let others know not to visit (like myself). And he said, "if you would have driven 5 to 10 mph, it wouldn't go all over your car." So what's that mean, only part of your car? Would he drive HIS car on that tar?

There have been times that I have notified an entire neighborhood, Mr. Schaake. There are four houses on 1066N and probably a total of eight more on 1200E. Maybe instead of saying you're not very sympathetic with these people, you should say you made a mistake and send the cleaning bill to the township.

Dave Osborne,

Lawrence.

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