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OK to Block Road?

American Government Special Collections Reference Desk

McHenry County, Illinois

OK to Block Road?

Gus Philpott
Woodstock Advocate
May 14, 2008


Woodstock City Truck


This morning this City Public Works truck (#47) was blocking the westbound lane on McConnell Road, just east of Greenview Drive, at The Ponds of Bull Valley. The truck and large utility trailer were parked squarely in the traffic lane. There is no shoulder there.

The reason? City employees were mowing the grass in the parkway and the huge open area on the northwest corner.

What would have been better? The truck and trailer could have easily been parked on Greenview Drive, not in the roadway on McConnell Road. There is considerably less traffic on Greenview, and it should be moving at a much slower speed.

I also wondered why City workers were mowing this large expanse of grass. Did The Ponds deed that grass to the City? Will there be a City Park there in the future? Should the City have ducked if and when The Ponds offered it to the City, in view of the cost of maintaining it?

© 2008 GUS PHILPOTT



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