I’ve worked so hard over the last 5 years to keep the Kent360 blogs fresh, current and steadily streaming, that it’s killing me that this month I’ve been lucky if I can find the time to bust out even 1 post a week. So this is my guilty conscious calling.
Compared to a lot of blogs even 1 a week is pretty good but I’ve always said Kent360 doesn’t aspire to be an average blog — we want to be better than the average bear. I take great pride when people stop me on the street and say, love the blog, tons of information, keep up the good work.
So now, as workload has pulled me in other directions, I find myself not wanting to make eye contact with people on the street for fear they’ll call me out — dude what’s up with the blog? Where’s the stories? Or worse yet, just a defeated head shake side to side. Ouch.
Guilty as charged, and being a good Catholic, guilt burrows deep in my soul. Like Paul Newman in Cool Hand Luke, I keep waiting to hear the warden announce, what we have here is a failure to communicate. Accch, there it is again, guilt.
The trouble is my day job as City Manager has been on overload the last couple of weeks. It’s all important stuff, downtown redevelopment, Crain/Fairchild project, public art grant, EPA grants, city/university partnerships, city/county partnerships, new Portage Development Board, the Edwards student housing project, new business tech park concept, new Police Chief, vacant building ordinance, Acorn Alley Phase II construction details, PARTA multi-modal phasing, land acquistion, land swap, new business recruitment, state representatives coordination, snow operations, public health discussions, and on and on.
That list is long but that in and of itself is not all that different than normal; what’s been different is the amount of time I’ve been writing various proposals, reports and briefing papers. I’ve come to learn that I’ve only got so many decent sentences in me each day and I’ve been using up my quota on all the other stuff so by the time I get to the blog, I’m spent. Nothing in the tank.
This would be my confession, asking for your pardon. Forgive me fellow reader for I have been unavailable online.
That doesn’t mean good things aren’t still happening all over town, they are, it’s just that I haven’t been able to officially chronicle them for you. For example, in case you haven’t noticed, the break in the weather last week allowed the Crain/Fairchild Avenue bridge contractor to re-stripe SR43 and Fairchild. Huge improvement. It was getting pretty hairy over there and the striping goes a long way to keeping the cars in their lanes rather than in on-coming traffic.
If you’re heading in the direction of the Crain Avenue bridge be forewarned, the contractors are now on the east side of the river doing a lot of the same kind of utility work that caused traffic confusion on the west side for many months, so while heading up to Streetsboro on SR43 is now a breeze, the same can not be said for traffic coming down Lake Street, Crain Avenue or Water Street. Traffic through that area is a little bumpy, both literally and figuratively. My advice, stick to Haymaker Parkway, and use Gougler and N. Mantua rather than cutting across the old bridge.
Thanks for your patience and I’ll try to get back on track.