Walking tough in Mount Ayr
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To the editor:
As an avid, early morning meditative walker, I’ve noticed two glaring problems that need some attention.
The first being the staggering amount of dogs that are either roaming free, or chained up inadequately. By that I mean, if the chain attached to the dog allows them access to the public sidewalk, it becomes dangerous for the pedestrian.
I refuse to run over to the other side of the street to avoid an aggressive dog. A guy shouldn’t have to carry bear spray on a morning walk, in town. I believe the city should address this issue, or contract with another outfit, to do so. There is little being done to rectify this problem.
Secondly, some of the sidewalks here in town are almost impassable. City owned and residential alike. Tree roots have pushed up slabs of concrete, creating 8 or 10 inch lifts (most of us laymen refer to them as steps) with broken or even missing sidewalk pads with absolutely no continuity.
Most of the curbs surrounding the courthouse are dilapidated and crumbling to dust. It could be very dangerous for some of our more seasoned walkers, as the lighting isn’t great, either.
Perhaps, if the focus wasn’t on building a pool (which will jack up property taxes & leave residents with a overpriced hole in ground that the community can’t sustain) a few of these more pressing matters, could be fixed.
Adam B. Freeman