Thursday, June 1, 2017

There does not seem to be a lack of funds for road repair, which would or should include the process of using cold patch for repair of pot holes.

March 31, 2017

Town of Templeton
PO Box 620
East Templeton, MA  01468

Dear Board:

We are pleased to inform you that Chapter 90 local transportation aid funding for Fiscal Year 2018 will total $200 million statewide, pending final legislative approval.

This letter certifies that, pending final passage of the bond authorization, your community's Chapter 90 apportionment for Fiscal Year 2018 is $ 333,245. This apportionment will automatically be incorporated into your existing 10-year Chapter 90 contract, which will be available on the MassDOT website,

Chapter 90 FY 2016 Apportionment - April 1, 2015 - TEMPLETON - $ 338,351

Chapter 90 FY 2017 Apportionment - Templeton - $335,950.00 (The fiscal year we are in now)

So it would appear that if this money for road work was not used to buy equipment, the holes in the roads could be repaired, before the sand is swept up so people could drive down Templeton roads without hitting all those holes out there. There does not seem to be a lack of funds, no matter what the cost of the material is, it seems to be again a management issue. Filling in the holes on Town roads is providing a service and that is the primary job of a government (in my opinion) and this service is really lacking. The only thing not lacking is excuses. Then again, when a selectmen meeting is not packed with people demanding action, do not expect much action other than the usual excuse, "we do the best we can with what we have."

posted by Jeff Bennett