Letter: Frustrated over Runnels Automotive and road construction
I am a long-time summer resident of the South Lake Tahoe “Y” area. This summer was quite educational. We watched the city council destroy the Runnels Automotive business in the name of “beautification.” And, after dealing with the repaving of the roads around the “Y” last summer, we dealt with the destroying of those same roads so that new pipe lines could be laid this summer.
Seeing the cars at Runnels Automotive was always interesting. Watching cars come and go and wondering about their stories was certainly better than seeing an empty lot. I guess beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder! Let the owner bring those cars back in the support of history.
We are very aware of why construction has to take place during the busy summer season. But where was the planning for repaving during 2014 and then tearing it up during 2015? Why wasn’t more of the work done at night? Where is the consideration for both locals and tourists who just might want to go to the businesses affected by the destroyed roads and entrances? Did any member of the city council try to use the roads around the “Y” in September? Yes, I know the roads to avoid the “Y,” which also meant I avoided the great restaurants and businesses in the area, too. Oh, now I can anticipate the repaving of those same roads again next summer. What kind of “planning” was involved for all of this mess?
Here’s hoping the city council learns what’s truly important to both year-round residents and guests, both summer and winter. Being able to get around shouldn’t be such a challenge, construction or not. Destroying a different little business shouldn’t happen either.
Leon Valley, Texas
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