During one of the mayoral debates before last November's general election, one of Mayor Luke Ravenstahl's opponents stated that the city's neighborhoods are not treated equally when it comes to city services. Mayor Ravenstahl took great offense to that assertion. I laughed out loud! As a lifelong resident of Troy Hill, it is quite obvious to me that Troy Hill does not receive the same services that the more affluent neighborhoods receive.
For example, in the summer, Troy Hill gets street wetting while more affluent neighborhoods get actual street cleaning. Then there is this winter. Friday of last week, a city plow came to remove some of the snow. Did the city remove the hardened snow wall that at that time was making our main business street resemble a luge track? Did it remove the 3- to 4-foot mountains (which later melted somewhat) along most of our streets? Did it clear the sidewalks in front of the many city-owned properties, or along Troy Hill Road, which many residents must walk daily? No!
The snow was cleared where North Catholic High School, the mayor's alma mater, parks its buses! Where was this snow dumped? There now is an even higher mound of snow on the sidewalk where our residents get off the Port Authority bus. Does this institution pay the city taxes that we homeowners pay? I'm still laughing out loud.
MARY ANN HARSCH