Friday, January 21, 2022

Letters to the Editor: The Long (Wrong) Road to Road Repairs

The Long (Wrong) Road to Road Repairs

Way back in February of 2016 the City of Marco Island followed a long range plan to resurface a portion of the roadways on Marco Island on an annual basis.

On March 6th of 2017 Councilor Roman prepared a white paper detailing the City’s plan for the annual resurfacing program needs and requested that the Interim City Manager provide for a presentation by the Public Works Dept. for the April 3rd, 2017 City Council meeting. Public Works Director Tim Pinter provided a detailed PowerPoint presentation on the City’s Annual Street and Roadway Resurfacing Program, which was initiated in 2015 as part of the Public Works Capital Improvement Pay as you Go Program. A discussion at that meeting, led by Vice Chairman Grifoni, resulted in a request by Council Chairman Honig that more information be provided by PWD Pinter as to the condition of ALL roads on the Island, not just the roads outlined in the annual resurfacing program.

FIVE MONTHS later, at the August 14th, 2017 City Council meeting, Public Works Director Tim Pinter gave a PowerPoint presentation of the Council requested Pavement Surface Evaluation and Rating Program. Pinter was seeking approval from Council to repave some of the roads. At the same meeting on August 14th, 2017, IMMEDIATELY following Mr. Pinter’s presentation, Chairman Honig allowed a PowerPoint presentation by Vice Chairman Grifoni on the roads and streets that Grifoni personally advocated to be repaired for FY18. Councilor Roman questioned if Vice Chair Grifoni was a public works director. Vice Chairman Grifoni asked Public Works Director Pinter to define “poor” condition of a roadway.

It was determined not to make a decision on street and road resurfacing at the August 14th, 2017 Council Meeting.

On October 16th, 2017 the Marco Island City Council passed a motion by Councilor Brown and seconded by Councilor Reed to approve the resolution authorizing the selection of roadways to be resurfaced in FY18. This simple process of following a predetermined authorized annual plan took 8 months. NO RESURFACING OF ANY KIND WAS PERFORMED DURING THE YEAR 2017! San Marco Road, Kendall Dr., Tigertail Ct., Residential Group 2 all have the same bumps and dips as they did in 2016! These same roads were all part of the original plan presented by Public Works Director Tim Pinter on April 3rd of 2017.

Perhaps managing of City Departments and City Staff should remain the City Manager’s duty… not the duty or privilege of some members of the City Council.

T. Graves
Marco Island

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