Municipal issues adding up in Moose Jaw

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Road maintenance has been the leading topic of discussion for Moose Javians early in 2014. 

People across the city, including visitors, have voiced their concerns about the slick, bumpy and difficult-to-drive roads, and rightfully so.

There are, however, other areas of city infrastructure and roadways that are subpar.

Take, for example, an issue first raised in the Times-Herald on Oct. 15, 2013, regarding a missing highway sign.

Last summer — after three days of travel from Penticton, B.C. — Carole LaBelle’s daughter’s family stopped in Moose Jaw while on their way to Ormiston.

They made it to their destination, but only after taking the wrong route, which took the family an extra two hours to get there.

A missing sign was blamed.

Nearly three months after our initial story, there is still no sign between Main Street North and Main Street South telling drivers traveling east on Manitoba Street East where to turnoff on to Highway 2 South.

Mahabub Zaman, manager of engineering services for the City of Moose Jaw, told the Times-Herald: “If there (are) any missing signs we can take care of that.”

Zaman also said he hoped the sign would be put up by the end of October. That was three months ago.

Although the city continues to neglect the request of putting up said sign, there is an even bigger puddle forming — and freezing — at the city’s feet.

The east feeder line transports water to a majority of South Hill residents.

If you didn’t already know, there is a leak spraying profusely from one of its pipes near Wakamow Valley. It has formed quite the dazzling display of thick icicles under a walking bridge.

Go check it out and see for yourself.

According to some residents the Times-Herald has spoken with, the leak has been ongoing for more than two years, yet the city doesn’t seem to think it’s a problem. If they did, it might already be fixed.

So while many Moose Javians are frustrated with road maintenance, there are other areas the city is failing residents.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

All Times-Herald editorials are written by the editorial staff.

Organizations: Times-Herald

Geographic location: Moose Jaw, Penticton, Ormiston Manitoba Street East South Hill Wakamow Valley

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