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Finding common ground: It's a bumpy road

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Friday, March 8, 2013, 8:57 p.m.
 

Wayne Township Supervisor Terry Rupp made a simple but salient point Monday night as the board and a few citizens sat in the ramshackle building that serves as the township meeting room: “I don't see why we can't find common ground.”

The issue at hand was why the township hasn't done more to fix Underpass Road. Residents who live along it told the board it's extremely hazardous — icy in winter, potholed and with a deteriorated culvert. They say there are other township roads in similar disrepair.

The supervisors said the road is difficult to work on for lack of a safe place for road crew drivers to turn around and because of an apparent dispute with a landowner over getting the necessary space for a turnaround. Supervisor C. Ross Grooms said he had not been approached by residents about the issue. And, of course, the matter of limited funds — faced by many area municipalities — was mentioned.

Even in small, rural townships such as Wayne, we need to remember that it is still “government by the people” and those people must take the responsibility to provide guidance. The folks concerned about Underpass Road are doing the right thing, bringing the matter up in a public forum.

But the “common ground” that Mr. Rupp referenced is not just for when there are problems with roads — or policing or higher taxes. The ground on which every level of government rests is one of ongoing discourse. Simply put: We are all in this together. Let's make it work.

Now, what can the township do about that building?

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