Sunday, January 11, 2015

Ten Reasons To Put Paving On The Ballot

Since we published a top 10 list yesterday, we thought we would add one more for the weekend.

More than 35 years ago, the Dorchester Village Board decided to abandon its attempt to not pave all of the community's streets.  

Much has changed since 1979 -- and so have many of the people.  The residents of Dorchester 2015 deserve to have their voices heard on the issue of street paving.

The Times supports paving some of Dorchester's streets, those that are most traveled or hold potential for new housing development.  But since this blog was create in 2007, the Dorchester Village Board has not permitted the town's resident from voting on the street paving issue.

Once again we urge the village board to let the residents of Dorchester decide on paving. Now is the time.

Ten Reasons to Let the Voters Decide on Paving

  1. Isn't 35 years of wondering where the people stand enough?
  2. Paved streets would greatly improve Dorchester's overall quality of life.
  3. Paved streets would likely bring new and improved housing to town -- and increased property tax revenue for city hall and the school district.
  4. Paving would appeal to out-of-towners and rural residents considering a move to Dorchester.
  5. Paving would save money in the long term. Since 1979, the Village of Dorchester has spent roughly $2.2 million on upkeep of gravel streets (not including pay of village employees to do the work).
  6. Paved streets would help encourage more baby boomers to spend their retirement years here -- and encourage more young people to stay.
  7. Paved streets mean less damage to vehicles.
  8. Paved streets allow for healthier air quality.
  9. Paved streets will spark a renewal of community pride.
  10. A vote would finally put the paving matter to rest, one way or the other.


  1. What!?! No comments here? I cannot believe that at least one stubborn Dorchester citizen has not written in "Pavement!! We don't need no stinkin' pavement!"
    Seriously, time to move into the 21st century, folks. Shoulda been done a long time ago.

  2. Sick of Hearing about Paved StreetsJanuary 14, 2015 at 3:59 PM

    Can we just give it a rest already about paving? We all know that the blog is all for paving the streets as are certain loud mouth residents. I would love to have paved streets, but I CAN'T AFFORD IT, and neither can the majority of the residents in this fine town. If the city would like to pitch in and pay for paving instead of putting it all on the homeowners. Besides they can't maintain the paved roads that we do have or the gravel ones either and I'm sorry but you can't tell me that they have spent over 2.2 million in the last 36 years thats over $5000 per month. Where the hell is the gravel and if that is the true amount where the hell is the money going to? Not to mention that all the pipes that would need replaced that would also figure in to the cost of updating to pavement, whose going to pay for that? If you want pavement on your road so bad then hire somebody and pay for it, but leave the rest of us out of it.

  3. I won't waste the key strokes. Like the bloggers said, put 'er on the ballot. LET THE PEOPLE SPEAK, WIN OR LOSE.

  4. 9th Street DwellerJanuary 15, 2015 at 9:15 AM

    Quit beating around the bush, blogsters. We know why the town board won't allow a vote. They run for the board to stop the paving issue from going forward, plain and simple.

    If they put it on the ballot, they know it will pass.


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