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Michael Lawrence Levine: Hard to justify a $30M DPW headquarters


Thursday, October 24, 2019

It is certainly difficult to fathom how anyone who has lived here for any length of time can justify spending anything to build a new Department of Public Works headquarters — let alone upwards of $30 million.

As if with new headquarters, DPW will magically find a way to make our roads drivable; figure out a new methodology for filling potholes so they last more than three weeks; repaint crosswalk lines every September for school openings so that drivers can actually see them; and on and on.

I may be mistaken, but I’m guessing that the road and repair and snow vehicles are made for outdoor use and do not necessarily require garaging. I would also venture a guess that some cost effective interior rehab construction would make the existing offices more comfortable for the service people and dispatchers.

I hate to state the obvious, but perhaps spending a mere 10% of that $30 million on repaving our roads with quality materials might be a better use of our tax money, thereby transforming our third-world roadways into something more befitting a major New England college town.

Michael Lawrence Levine

Amherst