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I don’t mind (too much) paying the additional city fees for sewer, water, roads, gasoline, etc., but I’m beginning to sense that we are not getting our money's worth.

As evidence: the poor-quality materials used at the Pepsi Ice Center, the numerous (uncountable) pot holes and “rugged streets” make me question the whole process of design, actual work, and approval of our streets and buildings. Some streets are smooth, and most others are bump, bump, and bump. Soon after being finished, re-engineering of water drains, sewer covers, and curbs need to be re-done. Two years after completion, there are seam cracks in the cement and asphalt roadways big enough for a motorcycle to fall into. Pot holes are everywhere. And filled pot holes turn out worse than prior to filling.

A total review of the road construction process needs to take place. This includes improving the materials specifications, selecting only the construction companies that have proved to provide superior results, making sure the specifications are met with required quality of materials, guarantees that smooth road seams are long-lasting or repaired, inspections during and after the project are fully and expertly completed, and pot hole filling is done properly.

We need to change the process and specifications for our roads and buildings to a higher quality. The current situation is nearing collapse.

Dennis Kirby, Bloomington

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