50 Platt Street Ansonia, Connecticut
I wanted to post this morning as an example of why taxpayers get so frustrated with city governments. In this case, Ansonia and its lack of road/sidewalk maintenance in some neighborhoods it seems to have left behind.
This photo I was able to snap yesterday morning. It is a stretch of sidewalk I drive by sometimes when picking a friend up to head to work together. It’s on Platt Street. I wasn’t going to go into location but how can I expect someone to step up and fix this if I don’t say where it is?
I wasn’t going to mention location because it’s not the point. THIS is how the City of Ansonia has left sidewalks in some neighborhoods this summer? Forget the condition of the sidewalk itself, there is a garden of weeds growing that is so unsightly the city should give itself a citation for blight.
I am certain, once upon a time, the city would spray for weeds on sidewalks. I clearly recall seeing the sidewalks wet and then weeds dying off and unless it was someone who worked for Home Depot and had 1,000 gallons of roundup handy and was going a community service, the city had to have been doing the spraying. No more.
How does this make the city look? There are actually homes for sale on this street. When potential buyers come to look at them THIS is the impression Ansonia wants to make on them? “Please invest in Ansonia so you can watch roads and sidewalks decay while your tax dollars go…. “
While I do enjoy lively debate, please let’s not have a chorus of “the sidewalks are the responsibility of the property owner” because clearly the property owners are not aware the sidewalks belong to them or lack the resources to make proper repairs and maintenance. That leaves them like this forever and solves nothing.
This means the city had to either notify all homeowners of their responsibility and hold them accountable (heck, do it neighborhood by neighborhood) or simply take control and fix the sidewalks in these neighborhoods realizing it for the good of the city that they be maintained.
Hopefully, this post will get conversation and action taken.
Hull St Ansonia, CTHull st seems to be a forgotten street in Ansonia. First off Hull St near the rt 8 overpass has seem to become the second transfer station in the town because it is littered with garbage and glass that never seems to get cleaned up, combine that with the amount of weeds and brush that are overgrowing into the street and the lack of no sidewalks it's impossible to actually walk on the street without being in the middle of traffic. Also multiple curbs have been ripped up by plows the lengths of houses and have never been replaced. Storm drains are severely sinking into the ground collecting water around them allowing for pour drainage. Cars continually run the stop signs through the intersection at Hull/silver hill at 25 mph plus and never is there any sort of police patrol in the neighborhood even with the fact that there have been car/home break in's. For the cost of living in Ansonia with one of the highest mill rates you would expect more. No wonder people wanna move out and the value of properties continues to decline.
Root Ave Ansonia, ConnecticutCorner store on Root Ave the way customers park blocking the road and speeding down Root Ave. The stop sign on the bottom of Hill & Root people don't stop an accident is going to happen, & last thing the drug dealing needs to stop.
382 Main Street Ansonia, Connecticut
I saw this on Friday and know this signal on Main has been discussed here before due to it's horrid timing and lack of reason to exist.
I see in this photo it is either being repaired/reprogrammed or... long shot, removed. I realize it's a state road but the City of Ansonia has been aware of this signal's issues and has had plenty of time to work with the state.
If you are traveling down main from Target to Spector Furniture, this signal turns red the moment the one at Big Y turns green stopping traffic that was just at a red light AGAIN a few hundred feet later.
It also serves no purpose as the road next to Spector is one-way and has been forever and the exit to Bank of America is one way. Cars exiting BofA have a clear view exiting and no traffic can also turn left or right onto the street next to Spector. This signal just stops Main Street traffic for no known reason as there is signal just before and after it at intersections where one is needed.
142 Platt Street (Area) Ansonia, ConnecticutThis morning's ride up Platt Street (near top) revealed the ice rink issue that was not taken care of over the last few years. This was around 7 o'clock.
This appears to be water coming from under the pavement in the middle of the road vs a flow across the roadway. (The water was not there on last night's commute home.)
This is dangerous as there is no way to avoid crossing it, especially with school buses coming down the hill in the opposite direction.
Whether it is a state road or city road, please try to address this in 2017.
27 Platt St Ansonia, CT 06401, USA
At this point on Platt Street, where it becomes one way the sidewalk on the right side of the street comes to an abrupt end at a driveway. There is no signage alerting pedestrians that the sidewalk is about to end or that they must cross the street to continue on the opposite sideway for safety.
Therefore, they begin to walk down the middle of Platt Street headed towards Vine downhill and headed for a very sharp blind curve where cars heading the other direction normally speed and it's a matter of time until someone in the road (which should have crossed to the other side where the sidewalk exists) is run down and killed. This neighborhood is full of small children who skateboarding, walk or bike in the wrong direction down the one-way section of the street and cannot see an oncoming car anymore than the oncoming car can see them. Before impeding tragedy what can the city do?
While decades-old the street design wasn't the wisest thing someone to come up with.
16-26 North Division Street Ansonia, Connecticut
Hi, I know the town crew is very busy and there is lots of do. However, in recent weeks myself and others have begun using the river walk more again. As we know, the Shelton side has limited "official" parking as does Ansonia. I believe three spots and one is handicapped.
That said, the older "commuter lot" (not sure what to call it because it predates the river walk and had to have been build for a reason) is now becoming Ansonia river walk parking. There are often a half dozen cars there on nice days. They simply park there where the other lots are full and walk over.
It's great this is available but it seems to not be on the "radar" as far as being maintained and cleaned. As this photo shows there is a lot of trash piling up around the edges and in the lot itself. The lot could use some sprucing up due to use and location but I'm not asking that.
Since this lot has no real other purpose now but to be overflow river walk parking can be be checked and cleaned weekly during Spring - Fall? Yes, it could use a few trees and some repaving but all I ask is clean up. Even if you don't have to park there everyone on the river walk looks over and see trash all over this lot and grass. I'm sure this was just overlooked. Thanks!
21 Platt Ansonia, ConnecticutLive up the hill but decided to take a walk to get out of the house around Hodge. As you can see the law require sidewalks be cleared is .... being ignored. Just when the parking ban was finally enforced! Sigh.