From April 5, 2009–Goodbye Gorsline

Posted on January 3, 2011

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Goodbye, Gorsline!     Edit
   

   It is such joyful news that Mr. Gorsline, the Superintendeent of the Board of Public Works, has decided to take early retirement!

     This makes two superintendents in a row, of that all-important department, that have been extremely qualified for some position, but not superintendent of our Public Works Department.  Jay Hogan is a wonderful man  (is it just me, or is he a hunk?) and he has worked marvels in our parks and harbors since he left Public Works–but he never met a pothole he didn’t admire and leave open for others to admire.  It has been over a decade since he retired, and those orange barrels put over potholes are still called “Hogans.”

     It is a real embarassment to drive from Ulster to Kingston City Hall.   You can tell when you come over the city line because the streets become abruptly impassable.   Last winter the replowing situation was much improved, but the ice situation was much worse. 

      Some of our far thinking residents are looking ahead to projects such as computerized trash cans that will allow people to be paid for material they recycle.  Such projects cannot become a reality in a department that doesn’t even RECOGNISE a trash can!  Quick, how many of you have trash and recyclables that have been at the curb for more than three weeks?  The situation has gotten marginally better in the past year, but there are still items at the curb that have become landmarks.

       If the communities around us can remove snow and ice from their roads and garbage from their roadsides, it becomes a huge embarassment to have Kingston lagging behind.  Hopefully the new superintendent will someone savy enough to, say, be able to figure out a way to let residents know when a snow emergency has been declared or lifted.   He or she will be able to use Kingston’s cybercapabilities to eliminate redundency and target staff where they are actually needed.  Hopefully this person willl be committed to recycling, accesibility for persons with disabling conditions, and finding viable alternatives to systems that do not work.  We’ve had a quarter centry of ineptitude and our infrastructure shows it.  It’s time for a positive change!

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