By Clarissa Nolde and Jeff Jotz
We all have experienced the frustration of driving over rough patches of road, in a hurry to get to work and not seeing a giant pothole, which as our tire rolls into it, splashes coffee everywhere and causes potential damage to the alignment of our car. Potholes are not just a nuisance but can be dangerous to pedestrians, cyclists, and people with disabilities. Standing water can cause further damage to the road surface as water seeps into small cracks creating larger holes.
“If elected, we will continue to support curb-to-curb street paving when the gas or water companies have to dig up streets for planned system upgrades and work proactively with the utility companies to ensure our roads are properly maintained.”
Taking care of Garwood’s roads is a primary responsibility that we recognize as potential members of the Garwood Council. Over the last three years, the Council has increased investment in paving roads to not only enhance safety but also improve resident quality of life.
The “swap” negotiations with utility companies begun under Mayor Sara Todisco allow our Borough Engineer, with the help of the Council, to trade sections of road paving at cost savings. We were already going to pave all of these roads, but we can now put the savings from the sections done by the utility companies towards the paving of other sections of road which otherwise would only have pieces or narrow strips repaved (leading to future costly repairs) as planned utility upgrades progress around Garwood.
If elected, we will continue to support curb-to-curb street paving when the gas or water companies have to dig up streets for planned system upgrades and work proactively with the utility companies to ensure our roads are properly maintained. This will allow both commuters and residents the ability to drive, walk, and cycle safely on our roads.
Clarissa Nolde and Jeff Jotz
Garwood Council Candidates