You love the city you live in. You love the people, the sense of community, the history.
One thing you don’t love however is all the potholes.
Nothing grinds your teeth more than trying to drive to a certain destination in your city, or even your own neighborhood, and having to avoid gaping holes in the middle of the road.
So how do you get the city officials to notice these holes and have them patch them up in a timely manner?
The answer definitely varies from city to city, but here are 5 ideas to get the ball rolling while keeping a good relationship between you and the decision makers of your city.
Attend a Meeting
One of the best ways to meet the movers and shakers of your community is to get to a City Council meeting.
All it takes is going to the local courthouse or city building to find out where they take place, what time, and how often.
City Council meetings are a great place to find out about specific committees as well, especially the ones that oversee the city’s roads and sidewalks.
Listen to find out who they are, and then if it seems appropriate, ask them for their information and when is the best time to speak to them on manners concerning asphalt repair, road repair, or anything else that concerns fixing the roads.
If you are really concerned that not enough action is taking place regarding fixing the roads in your city and neighborhood, then it might be a good idea to start getting involved in fixing the problem.
Talk to your neighbors, friends, and co-workers and ask them if they’ve noticed the same issues and if they would be willing to talk to the local officials as well.
Start a local petition and bring it to the offices of those in charge of the roads.
You never know what a big difference getting involved could make in the end.
Ask the right questions and find the right answers
Asking those who know the correct information in regards to making changes in your city is a good place to start, especially when it comes to making something happen.
Some good questions to ask are:
- What is the city’s budget when it comes to road repair?
- How is the money dispersed and how often?
- Can private companies be hired to help?
We all know that asphalt repair especially that in a city isn’t an easy task to get done, so asking the right questions can help you to understand the situation more and how to more easily handle it as well.
When it comes to dealing with government officials, it’s best to have as much proof as possible.
Take pictures of all the potholes and asphalt repairs that are needed. Write down streets, zones, amount of times the holes have been there, and the name of every person and the conversations you have had.
Anything and everything that can help in your cause to prove to the city that what you are saying is needed and correct can only help you in the end.
Be patient and understanding
One of the most important things to remember is that the people who are running the city are people just like you, and they have budgets and bosses who keep them in check and who need to approve things. And all this takes time, so be patient with them.
Help them understand the urgency of your situation, but also let them do their jobs. If it seems you are being ignored or brushed aside, just make sure to consistently follow up.
After that, it’s time to let those whoever’s job it is to worry about it worry about it, and you might just have to swerve around a couple holes for a bit longer.
Being an advocate for change doesn’t need to mean being overly pushy or being a bully.