February 18, 2012
Longtime Grandview Avenue resident Phyllis Miller is tired of living on a city street that she says is not being maintained.
That frustration prompted Miller to walk her street and collect the signatures of her neighbors, a process that made her realize they were just as frustrated as she is.
“I was out two or three different times getting signatures,” Miller said. “I think most of us who live on Grandview have been frustrated with the city. Nothing has been done for years and years. I did not realize how frustrated people were until I went door-to-door.”
Miller ended up with 60 signatures and submitted those along with a letter as a petition to Delaware City Council to do something about the road conditions. Although she didn’t obtain the signature of every resident on the street, there was only one person out of the group of residents who didn’t sign the petition, she said.
Grandview Avenue, located off West Central Avenue, just one street north of Troy Road, was originally built in the 1960s when the neighborhood houses were first constructed, Miller said.
The street is narrow with cracked, broken pavement. It has no curbs or gutters and very little maintenance has been done over the years, Miller said. More vehicles have been using the street with bus and parent traffic to and from Carlisle Elementary, and many use the street to get to Buehler’s grocery and Hayes Colony.
A resident on Grandview Avenue since 1965, Miller hopes something positive will come out of the situation.
“I hope they’ll redo the street,” Miller said. “That’s the main thing. I understand budget constraints, but basically, we’ve been ignored for years.”
Jack Barger, another Grandview Avenue resident who signed the petition, agrees and said the city should start from scratch with Grandview Avenue.
“The whole street needs to be redone, not just a tarred and feather job,” said Barger, referring to a tar and sprinkled gravel treatment done about five years ago. “All that did was make people on the east side of the street miserable all summer.”
The treatment caused an extreme amount of dust for those living on the east side of the street, and after about a year and a half, the road was back to its previous condition, Barger said.
A resident since June 1964, Barger said that trees have never been placed along Grandview Avenue.
“The city plants trees all over the city, but there are no trees on Grandview,” Barger said.
“We’d like some redress in the form of major improvements,” Barger continued. “Not something just temporary.
The petition was accepted by city council this week and has been forwarded to the city’s Public Works Committee for review. It is listed as a discussion article on the committee’s agenda at its 7 p.m. July 5 meeting in council chambers, 1 S. Sandusky St., Delaware.