If you have the chance to catch Tuesday night’s Board of Selectmen meeting on cable, do it — it felt like one of the weirder meetings I’ve been to, from the “surprise” flag presentation to Ernie Peters’ (I love Ernie. He’s going to be a Local Yocal tomorrow) chastising of the board for even thinking of putting an article on the Town Meeting warrant, again, that would give town employees the ability to write tickets for health or building code infractions, among other things.
I was not surprised when I left the meeting to discover the moon was nearly full.
But one item that came up was, again, Cortland Manor. Specifically, the residents’ concerns about the potholes in certain areas — the street is without a top coat on one end — and worries about getting stranded come winter since LeClaire defaulted on the neighborhood. The town, along with a rep from Travelers Insurance, has come out to view the road but the verdict, apparently, was that the potholes aren’t quite big enough to be patched.
Mary Ann Cotton suggested a cold patch party. I think she was half joking but, after checking with the town to make sure that it wouldn’t affect the efforts to claim the bond or be seen as damaging the road, the first-ever Cortland Manor Cold Patch Party was held this morning.
You think I’m joking?
I came home from WSRS this morning (anyone notice me on the radio? I was shadowing Greg Byrne for a story. Why yes, I did get up at 4 a.m.!) to find Andrea and Chris tamping down the patch on the very last pothole. I did not take their picture. There are some things you just don’t do to tired neighbors armed with tools. They did an awesome job, I thought, and most of the neighborhood is chipping in on the cost.
I’m just hoping we don’t have to dig ourselves out come winter!