As usual, there are many things that need to be addressed.
Issue No. 1 — In conversation with business owners, I have been told they have been badgered for one reason or another which projects that Rome is not “business friendly.”
Issue No. 2 — The rubble from the fire in February on North James Street is still there. It’s not the greatest thing to show visitors. If anyone else had a similar problem they would have had to take action immediately.
Issue No. 3 — Why would the city want to narrow West Dominick Street with a median and a “grove” of trees? Trees have a habit of growing and their roots cause concrete to upheave.
Issue No. 4 — Why does the city allow vegetable and flower gardens at curbs?
Issue No. 5 — The rusty water tower, which has been called the “beacon of Rome” is a representation of what the city looks like — unkept. The taxpayers need to call the Mayor’s Office and ask for an explanation for these concerns. Neighborhood Walks are solving nothing. It’s all talk and no action.
Issue No. 6 — No matter how many new businesses use the phrase “Copper City” the only icon representing that is the Paul Revere sign. Anyone who is a native Roman will agree with these statements.
— Kathleen A. Murphy, Rome