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Friday, June 6, 2008

Carrot or Stick

Which way works the best for a sidewalk program, the perceived stick approach of Watertown or the carrot approach being used by Lowville.

Hizzoner Graham and the City Council of Watertown approach their program in a more punitive targeted way. The City selects certain neighborhoods and issues ultimatums to replace the sidewalks or they will replace them and bill you.

Lowville on the other hand is encouraging people to replace their sidewalks and using a cost sharing program in order to accomplish their goal. The Watertown Daily Times reported (click here) on the Lowville program just the other day.

Hizzoner Graham, take note of Lowville's approach it is note necessarily innovated, it is more common sense, a friendlier approach. Watertown has the capabilities of thinking like this!

Watertown should be heavily focused on fixing up streets, curbs and sidewalks.

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