It has been a week since I emailed the Mayor asking that she take action about the dreadful condition of the walkway beside Putnam Market. I visited the walkway today and found that there is still trash there and of course, the sawhorse blocking one set of stairs remains. Regrettably I had no response from last Thursday’s email to the Mayor so I have written her again.Hopefully she will assign someone to find out who the owners of the walkway are so we can all find out when they are going to fix the broken stairs and when they are going to start to police the walk of trash.
Here is my latest email to the Mayor.
From: John Kaufmann 
Sent: Friday, July 01, 2016 7:46 PM
To: ‘Joanne Yepsen’
Cc: ‘Christian Mathiesen’; ‘Michele Madigan’; ‘Skip Sciroco’; ‘John Franck’;
‘Vincent DeLeonardis’; ‘Tony Izzo’
Last Thursday I emailed you (see below) about the deplorable condition of the walkway next to Putnam Market. Having not had response, I visited the walkway again and I attach pictures of the newest trash there.
As noted in my email, I recognize how important our city is to you so I expected to hear from you on this matter. Do you plan to take any action?
Sent June 23:
I have been contacted by people disturbed by the walkway that abuts Putnam Market. For at least a month there have been sawhorses blocking part of the path there (see picture). In addition, there does not appear to be any maintenance of the area. The walkway is strategically located at one of the center points of the city but it has been allowed to become an unsightly embarrassment. Trash has been allowed to accumulate there (see pictures).
I have been in touch with the Public Works Department and have learned that this area is privately owned and is not under the jurisdiction of Public Works. I understand that the heating system that is supposed to keep the walkway free of snow needs to be repaired. I expect that this might be a major engineering project and can understand that this cannot
be fixed overnight. I have learned that the owner does not expect to begin work on this until after the cing season is over. Whether this is a reasonable time frame, I do not know. What I do know is that the walkway is dirty and unbecoming of our city.
Has the city taken any action on this matter? If not, can the city take action to require the owner to keep the area clean and to expeditiously do whatever repairs are necessary to remove the sawhorses?
I know you take as much pride in our city as any citizen of this community and expect that you share people’s concerns that this problem be addressed. Could you please keep me advised on this and I will share the progress with the people who read my blog.