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Business responsible for sidewalk maintenance

August 20, 2012
The Daily Mining Gazette

To the editor:

Recently, my mom was doing some business in downtown Hancock. While walking on the sidewalk, she lost her footing on the crumbling sidewalk and fell. She wasn't hurt and a man from a store came out to help her. He suggested she call the City of Hancock to tell them what happened, and perhaps to fix the sidewalk. She did that, and was told when she called, "The City Manager is out until Aug. 13 and he said that it is the store's responsibility to keep up the front of their stores." (No, I'm sorry you fell, are you okay?)

I knew in the winter that they needed to keep the sidewalks clean, but I didn't realize they were responsible for pouring new sidewalks. Maybe Hancock needs to change the marketing signs that are hanging up before Finn Fest 2013 to "Walk at your own risk." After all, there are supposed to be lots of people in town for that. Although, maybe the reception they get from the City of Hancock will cause them to go elsewhere to do their business. A city can do all of the marketing in the world, but unless the town is visually appealing, has a good infrastructure, is welcoming to customers and encourages new businesses that are appealing to the consumer, they missed the mark.

So, word to the wise, when walking in the city of Hancock, keep your eyes on the ground. If not, you may find yourself flat on the ground.



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