The City’s street paving program hasn’t started yet but when we heard that the Franklin Townshop had a contractor lined up to pave the parts of Horning Road that are in the Township we went ahead and made arrangements to have the contractor not worry about city/town limits and just keep on paving so that the Horning Road gets done once and done right. I know this sounds like basic common sense, and it is, which is exactly why I’m writing about it. It’s a real world example of where regional collaboration is actually happening. I’ve been told that old parachial rivalries made it hard for common sense ideas to escape the clutches of jurisdictional animosity but I’m here to tell you that this is not your father’s city/town governments. Maybe it’s having some new faces around or it’s just that we’re all getting smarter in our old age — either way common sense is now a factor in everything we do with our bordering towns which is good news for all of us.
I suspect that old Horning Road doesn’t care too much about which jurisdiction it lies in and that’s fairly evident in the way it meanders its way across borders in blatant disregard for the lines on a map. Likewise, people that drive on Horning Road are looking to get from point A to point B as safely and quickly as possible — they’re probably not worrying about whether they’re in Kent or Franklin Township.
After that though things can get a bit more complicated. Once you start talking about spending money you better make sure you’re spending it in your own city not someone else’s. I fully appreciate that sentiment and attention to detail but you still have to leave room for some old fashioned horse sense to be heard when there’s reason for it.
And when it comes to sharing costs for utility work, like road paving, I personally think that customer convenience and satisfaction have to be considered. To me, paving half a street up to the city borders and then walking away is a job only half done. Obviously we can’t go underwriting work in other cities but we can sure look at our priorities and try to line them up with our colleagues all around us and leverage our dollars together.
To me, that’s the mark of a common sense government and it’s our goal to give common sense a fighting chance to survive as often as we can. So if you happen to get stuck in traffic delays from the paving work on Horning Road this week try to be patient knowing that this wait is worth it in more ways than one.
Here’s the official Press Release on the street work:
BETWEEN EAST MAIN STREET & EASTERN CORPORATION LIMIT & BETWEEN EAST SUMMIT STREET & NORTHERN CORPORATION LIMIT
BETWEEN LOOP ROAD & EASTERN CORPORATION LIMIT WILL BE REDUCED TO ONE LANE TRAFFIC
THROUGHOUT THE WEEK OF JUNE 9, 2008 FROM 7:00AM TO 7:00PM FOR PAVEMENT RESURFACING IN ORDER TO RESURFACE HORNING ROAD & RHODES ROAD AT THE ABOVE LOCATIONS, IT WILL BE NECESSARY TO REDUCE TRAFFIC TO ONE LANE WHERE THE ROADS ARE BEING RESURFACED. TRAFFIC WILL BE MAINTAINED ALTHOUGH THERE WILL BE SHORT PERIODS OF TIME WHERE TRAFFIC MAY BE STOPPED DURING THE PAVING OPERATIONS.
MOTORISTS ARE ASKED TO AVOID THE AREA AND TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL TRAVEL TIME WHEN LEAVING FOR YOUR DESTINATION.
THIS WORK MAY BE POSTPONED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER AND WILL BE RESCHEDULED WITHIN THE FOLLOWING WEEK.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, RESIDENTS MAY CONTACT THE DIVISION OF ENGINEERING AT (330) 678-8106.
City of Kent , Ohio
James Bowling, P.E