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City has botched Palmer Street projects

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I think the city of Watertown made its own mess on Palmer Street, and now the city does not want to take care of it.

The city does not own part of Palmer Street, but it gave permission a few years back to have Palmer Street Apartments built in this section. The city knew there would be 50 to 100 additional cars traveling this street at least once or twice per day.

The city allowed an annexation of the sewer line to be added to Bellew Avenue for these apartments. The city has done some repair work in patching holes in the past, and it has plowed the street during the years.

The city has collected almost $20,000 in the past year alone in taxes from the apartments.

So my question is: If the city OK’d this, why isn’t the city responsible for making this road acceptable to drive on for the apartment complex?

The first half of Palmer was paved a few years back, and no major improvements like sidewalks or curbs were done. So why do a major project on that end?

I think everyone would be pleased just to have a smooth road.

Linda Smith

Watertown

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