The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

September 12, 2012

The need is there, so let’s fix it

By Robert Stonestreet for the SNAP
SNAP

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 — A big amen for Mrs. Crowell’s letter about School Street in Richfield.

I serve as the chairperson for the administrative board of Richfield Methodist Church. I was present at the meeting months ago when a teacher asked if funds were available to make needed repairs at Richfield School on School Street. Mayor Misenheimer stated that the town had more than enough money to make repairs. When I left the meeting I thought School Street was going to be properly repaired. What you see is what we got — a job half done.

If the town has funds available to repair all of School Street — “Let’s git er done.” There is little question as to the need.

If the town does not have money — then finish the job when funds are available. I appreciate government officials who are thrifty with tax money, but I also expect them to tell the truth. Do we have the money needed to make repairs and do we plan to take action?

Back in the 1950s I attended old Richfield High School. School Street was there behind the high school at the same location that it is now. The old school, the old principal’s home and the old scout hut are no longer there, but School Street is in the same location. School Street has been there for many years. School Street has been maintained in years past — who was responsible then?

If the mayor is correct that the town is responsible for the upkeep of School Street then “Let’s git er done.” If the mayor is not correct — then find out who is responsible for the upkeep of this street.

If we do not place our children No. 1 on our list, why would we expect anyone else to value them more than we do?

Bobby Yow

Richfield