Taxpayers Want More Roads Fixed

Taxpayers Want More Roads Fixed Click to Enlarge Photo: KNSI News

(KNSI) - St. Cloud residents want more of their tax dollars for road repairs.

That's the message Mayor Dave Kleis and city staff took away from an Interactive Town Hall Meeting on Monday evening. The meeting was a chance for residents to tell the city what they want included in the 2019 budget.

Kleis says keeping the city's 400 miles of roads in good shape is a challenge.

"Somebody’s got to invent a roadway that doesn't ever deteriorate, you know, maybe is it plastic, should we make plastic roads?"

Kleis says the city is always fixing roads.

"Potholes are not a unique thing anywhere in the world, so we are constantly addressing it and we're trying new things."

A couple of years ago the city bought a hot box which allows them to patch potholes in the winter, until they can be fixed when the weather warms up the mayor also says some newer equipment allows the city to fix roads faster.

Along with additional funds for road maintenance, other people asked for more money for hiking and biking trails and for keeping the environment clean.

If you missed the Town Hall meeting, the mayor and department heads are touring the city in the Mayor's Mobile Town Hall bus during the month of July.

He says if you see the bus parked anywhere, come up to it and tell them what's on your mind and what you would like to see included in next year's budget.

The bus allows the mayor to hold meetings with people in their own neighborhoods without making them come out to a public place where they may not feel comfortable speaking.

The mayor will present the budget to the city in August and the city council has until December to adopt the budget.

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