To the editor:
As a citizen who lives in the so-called “low income minority community” of east Dunn, I’m writing about the correction of a mistake made over 100 years ago. That was the placement of the public works department in our community.
There were many things done a hundred years ago that were wrong. Many can’t be undone, but the placement of the public works can be. It has long been an eyesore, but if the city is going to spend taxpayer money on it, then it needs to be moved out of our community, perhaps to the edge of town as many cities have done. I don’t know of another town that has its public works in the middle of town.
There is always someone talking about improving our downtown, but we still have dump trucks going through it.
We have many walking citizens, plus children riding bicycles and citizens in electric wheelchairs going up and down our street.
With the dump trucks, large grass cutting machines and other heavy duty vehicles traveling here, it is a blessing no one has been run over yet!
We know that the water tower can’t be moved, but it can become a work of art as many places have done to their tower. Also, trees, shrubs and plants around it.
Our city officials have purchased land across from public works without letting citizens in the community know. What they have really bought is a pond, which it becomes every time it rains. The cost of drainage to make it usable will most likely be what some new land at the edge of town will cost.
As I am reminded often that this is a low income area, I wish the city would find other methods to let citizens know of things that will affect them. They must realize that low income citizens don’t have internet, computers or newspapers. Perhaps signs put out like ones for “Imagine Dunn” may be helpful.
Joy Williams is co-president of the Wilkins Cemetery Community Committee.