It’s worth remembering the project’s grandiloquent official title: Mt. Tabor Road Restoration and Pedestrian Safety Project.
Except that in today’s City Hall spoon-feeding, nothing much is written about “safety.” There’s a small bit about “restoration,” then the tired blurb flies off the rails with another rote defense of Jeff Gahan’s amazing, quasi-Biblical record of inerrancy.
This time it’s Krisjans Streips’ turn to reveal that City Hall is developing an escalating sensitivity about Gahan’s horrid deforestation habit.
Of course, it should be a relatively simple matter to ask for evidence of all these tree replantings. Surely the Tree Board and all of Gahan’s overstuffed contractor buddies have retained records, correct?
Which reminds me: I did ask, 18 months ago.
Back in May I attended a Tree Board meeting in search of information about its meetings, which I requested from the board’s staff person, Krisjans Streips. This particular ray of sunshine has yet to break through Team Gahan’s patented Transparency Prevention Modulator, but I digress.
You already know the answer: zilch; nada; ничего … crickets chirping, pins dropping, and somewhere a lonesome mutt wailing.
Thanks for reading NA Confidential, dudes. The more you ignore us, the closer we get.
… In preparation of the project and to accommodate utility relocation, a contractor will be trimming and removing certain trees within the right-of-way along Mt. Tabor Road. By performing the utility relocation in advance of the full project, the city hopes to reduce the construction time of the overall project. These trees will be marked in advance. All property owners were compensated for trees that will be removed as part of the project, and the city will make efforts, similar to other areas and projects around New Albany, to repopulate the tree canopy.
“The City is making it a priority to improve the tree canopy,” stated stated Krisjans Streips, Chief City Planner and Tree Board Administrator. “Hundreds of trees have been planted in parks and on the Greenway, and trees will be replaced along the public right of way at a 3:1 ratio. This is a great safety, drainage, and road reconstruction project all rolled into one.”