Libertyville streets are not fine
Updated: March 29, 2012 3:50PM
This is in response to the article on page 5 of the March 1, 2012 issue of the Libertyville Review dealing with the road referendum bond issue for the Village of Libertyville. Jack Martin is quoted as saying “I admit the streets aren’t in pristine condition, but I think that they’re perfectly fine.”
I suggest that Mr. Martin drive in the Riva Ridge subdivision. Those roads were constructed with concrete. The concrete is breaking up. Every year some of the concrete is replaced, and some blacktop patches are used to fill potholes. Every spring the blacktop washes out and new blacktop is put in. Is that “perfectly fine?”
Perhaps Mr. Martin could also drive down McKinley Avenue between Stewart and Garfield. The pavement is breaking up there badly. Is that “perfectly fine?”
Another concrete road that has significant problems with the concrete shifting and thus the road not being level is from Nicholas Dowden Park west to Butterfield Road.
Mr. Raymond True and Mr. Jack Martin have never met a referendum that they would support. While it is probably true that the roads do not need an emergency fix right now, it is clear that with increased gasoline mileage for gasoline powered vehicles, with increased use of electric power vehicles that use less or no gasoline, with automobile sales down due to the state of the economy, the Village of Libertyville has significantly less money available to maintain the roads than it had previously.
Homeowner’s borrow money for major items such as a purchase of a house, the purchase of a car, or major repairs and renovation to a house. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the village borrowing money to make major repairs to the road. I urge the populous of the Village of Libertyville to vote in favor of the referendum.
Gary L. Schlesinger, Libertyville