Letter: Cul-de-sac privatization an irresponsible idea

Source: Kate Newton, Connect Fitchburg, July 7, 2016

There has been a lot of talk in Fitchburg about cul-de-sacs as a result of Mayor Steve Arnold’s suggestion of privatizing certain roads maintained by the public (such as cul-de-sacs) in the cover letter of his Capital Improvement Plan. As homeowners who chose to live on a cul-de-sac many years ago, we are troubled by the suggestion of arbitrarily cutting us off from a public service, such as road maintenance. … If the mayor wants to privatize our street and other cul-de-sacs, where does this kind of idea end? The definition of cul-de-sac applies to every type of dead-end street in Fitchburg. This would have a major financial impact on thousands of people – homeowners and businesses alike. …


Mayor suggests privatizing cul-de-sacs to emphasize need for road funding
Source: Leah Linchield, Channel 3000, June 14, 2016

A new way to fix bad roads in Fitchburg could leave residents paying the price. … She never imagined it could cost her, but that’s exactly what Fitchburg Mayor Steve Arnold mentioned in a letter to the City Council that suggested the suburb could privatize cul-de-sacs, leaving residents on the hook for maintenance. … It’s not a popular idea; not even Arnold – who proposed it in the first place – is a fan. … Arnold said street funding has seemed to go in circles in recent years, as the city replaces road pavement at the rate of roughly every 45 years, when it should be replaced every 30. The city council is in the process of considering whether to spend more or less money on roads in its Capital Improvement Program. Arnold said the point of this particular idea, however bad, is simply to stress the need for road repairs. …