It seems every time there is an election the citizens of Page hear from the candidates how great of a job they will do if elected. That falls by the wayside as soon as the election is over. So many easy to correct and simple to discern wrongs are left for the citizens to contend with. The following are just a few that could easily be corrected if only the council would actually pay attention and do something!
• Page code enforcement personnel are given a vehicle, a slight description of what their job is, and then turned loose without any training with respect to actualities, such as law, common sense, etc.
• Sixth Avenue, for a prime example, is a disaster as far as traffic is concerned. People pay no attention to the traffic-control sign exiting the post office, making illegal turns daily creating an “actual hazard,” yet it is neglected by the city.
The parking across from Colorado River Discovery on Sixth Avenue is another example. The street is too narrow to allow angle parking yet the city pays no attention and caters to Colorado River Discovery patrons allowing them to illegally park at an angle, not leaving the statutorily required 20 feet clear roadway for traffic. The front end of the parked vehicles also protrude over the sidewalk, blocking pedestrian access and passage. The city is aware and does nothing!
• Delivery trucks are allowed to park almost anywhere the drivers choose—in the middle of the streets, on the wrong side of the streets, blocking alleys, etc., all illegally and creating hazards. “Why?” we ask. These people are not special or privileged or above the law! They are too lazy to park appropriately and spend a little more time and effort to do their jobs, yet the city allows them to break the laws and the citizens suffer the consequences.
Instead of doing the right thing—addressing the real problems that are prevalent—the city sends out a less-than-intelligent CEF to harass people for legitimately parking on the streets in residential areas in front of their homes!
One has to ask what are the reasons for the lack of professionalism in enforcement. Why does the city chose to allow harassment for residents and allow others to flagrantly break the law? Absolutely mind-boggling!
I, as well as the majority of Page citizens, would like the city officials to change their attitude and stop the selective enforcement, to get their priorities in line, stop ignoring the problems and treat the citizens of Page with the respect they are entitled to.
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