Re: Will Governor Brewer and ADOT empower the residents of the Verde Valley and Arizona?
Dear Governor Brewer,
A few days ago one of our local football teams contacted me about claiming one or more of seven $100 pledges donated by local residents and businesses for picking up trash and working with our local ADOT Adopt-A-Highway Groups (ADOT AAHG).
Our Folksville USA (FVUSA) group has asked ADOT, several times, to mow the grass on Highway 260 and prune back the brush from guardrails, highway signs and reflectors for the safety of our ADOT Adopt-A-Highway groups and our local cyclists.
ADOT has been unable or unwilling to meet our needs.
FVUSA has several ADOT AAH Groups and residents of the community who are willing to cut the brush back from the guardrails – so we can honor our commitment to safely and effective clean our ADOT AAHG sections of highway to attract tourists, new residents and new businesses that may bring jobs to the Verde Valley and Arizona.
FVUSA and our ADOT AAH Groups would like your assistance in helping us get ADOT to assist our efforts by mowing and cutting back the brush.
If ADOT can’t or won’t provide this support then we need your blessing to allow our residents to cut the brush and use this effort as a fund raising activity for our local clubs and organizations.
As previously stated in prior correspondence to your office, if ADOT can’t secure our highways for our ADOT AAH Group efforts then we become as aggravated at them as you are at the Federal Government for not securing our borders.
With or without ADOTs blessing, there are several of us including many veterans in the area who will prune this brush if ADOT doesn’t before our August 18, 2012 “Leap Frog” litter event.
FVUSA will be promoting more community events which will include tasks for ADOT to employ the power of “Partnering” that they seem to promote. Two of those tasks will be to pick up the glass on our highway shoulders and medians plus collect the remaining reflectors recently tossed by the ADOT subcontractors into the grass.
Cleaning the medians. I’m sure you would agree that any job worth doing is worth doing well. I ask ADOT to certify me, as a individual, who will sign a release of liability to clean the medians and they said no!
ADOT needs to mow the medians and make provisions for those willing to do so or do it themselves at the same frequency as the ADOT AAH Groups. A highway is litter-free when all litter is removed. A partially completed half-assed task reflects on all of us and many of us will not accept this result, will you settle for half measures?
Respectfully,Gary Chamberlain “Point Man” FVUSA Cornville AZ
CC: ADOT Director Halikowski