Monday September 17, 2007
The highly anticipated Streetscape Project supposed to be finished in June is still far from done. To walk down the sidewalk along Main Street, you'll find orange cones, protruding pipes and plenty of angry residents.
"I support Streetscape and I'm looking forward to the completion of it," says longtime resident and real estate broker A. Scott Ward, "but it seems like to me a lot of damage...it seems to me like there's no one in charge of this operation."
At the town council meeting Monday night residents aired their grievances, accusing the council of everything from wasting taxpayer money to covering up the reasons behind lengthy construction delays.
A V-DOT consultant was on hand to try and assuage some of those worries. He told the group that the council had done everything it could with the money at its disposal, adding the project for now is within budget and that he considers the project substantially completed.
That last comment got folks fired up as again they referenced the absolute mess that is Main Street and the Historic Downtown.
The issue was dropped after about an hour of discussion, and residents left with no new ideas on when work would actually be completed.
Outside the meeting, there was no shortage of opinions on what residents hope to see come from the project.
"I'd like to see good restaurants, good places where you can go to get a good beer and a sandwich...a good meal," Ward said.
Adds local merchant Bebe Williams: "This town used to be a mud town with all the floods...now it's a dirt town. So hopefully it's not going to be anything but a regular town pretty soon."
When asked if the project, which has been in some stage of planning since the start of the decade, was worth it, there wasn't much disagreement.
"I think I'd call it a re-birth," Ward said. "I think it'll help Scottsville out in the long run."