There are aspects of small town life that I really miss like how the entire community becomes polarized by the closing of its only public pool. Events like this create bonding and the unifying of like minded citizens, while also leading to nasty letters to the editor and city council meeting clamor and bickering.
The mayor of Roswell, New Mexico in the United States got tired of a very vocal group of citizens who stood in opposition to what they perceived to be a hasty and unfair closing of pool which had been open for generation after generation of Roswellians. His long awaited reaction was to indicate he was cool with a citizen’s group taking over the ownership and maintenance of Cahoon Park Pool.
The much criticized leader of the city also reminded his citizens that if the sidewalk in front of their house incurs damage from tree roots, shifting soils, etc, then all costs associated with sidewalk repair are homeowner’s responsibility! Mayor Kintigh does state the law is weakly enforced, but if it is, the city will do the repairs and bill the homeowner.
I wish mayors of larger metro areas like Dallas and Fort Worth in Texas were as informed as the Roswell mayor who is aware of the root structure of Siberian Elms in Roswell’s historic district. Their roots are apparently more prone to growing up into the concrete sidewalks causing an ugly and unsafe fracture. He also informs his citizenry that a better residential tree, the Arizona Ash, have roots that do NOT move laterally as much as downward making it unlikely their roots will penetrate and rupture a sidewalk.
If you need more detail of the goings on in this town of population around 50,000 in southeast, NM, you can read about it in the Sunday July 31, 2016 edition of the Roswell Daily Record online.