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'Robo-Rhapsody': Construction in Trumbull

Another poetic letter from a Trumbull resident.

How many thousands of dollars,

For First SelectmanTim to call and say . . .

"If the roads are being paved,

You'd better go the other way!"

 

Clearly he thinks,

we haven't a clue . . .

Of what direction to take,

When the sign says:

  "Road Repair - Don't Drive Through!"

 

I'm more than insulted,

I'm doggone irate . . .

That this latest money-wasting gimmick,

Should even be on his plate!

 

If he feels compelled,

to let us know,

A press release and email,

Could tell us all - where to go . . .

 

I ask myself,

As I hang-up on him . . .

"How'd I drive for decades,

Without a call from Tim??!!"

Joan September 25, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Ms. Hudak is fast becoming Trumbull's poet laureate, bringing the longstanding tradition of political satire to our humble town and keeping our local politicians on their toes!
Carol Hudak September 28, 2012 at 11:35 PM
It's Friday - Robo-Call Day!! Folks, do we need our taxes used for the FS to call and say, "Carefully follow the detour signs . . . please use alternate routes?" (quote) The only Robo-Call I want from Tim is an apology and a refund - for sticking us with 25% of the overkill price of No. Nichols sewers! That call I will take. That apology/refund we all deserve. Someday there may be a serious need for a robo-call, and no one will listen because they are being mis-used now. What's wrong with a press release? Why can't he give Aaron Leo, Patch Editor, a list of where the current work is going on and what roads will be closed.??? We have had sewer work in this town for years with all kinds of detours, yet we got through it all O.K. without one Robo-Call! Add this waste of taxpayer $$$ to the Michael Bolton non-concert financial debacle. Ridiculous.
Cindy Katske September 29, 2012 at 03:44 AM
The robo-call tonight said it was an important message for Trumbull residents living in or near the North Nichols section of town. I am neither, and I very rarely drive there. Why am I getting these robo-calls every week????
Carol Hudak September 29, 2012 at 05:02 AM
Cindy, I asked myself the same question. But I listened. To receive a phone alert from the top town official saying, 'carefully follow the detour signs . . . please use alternate routes' is stating the obvious and is hardly important or necessary. I question the use of this town alert system for routine traffic matters. If a tsunami were headed for Trumbull, then I could see using this system. But simply telling residents to 'carefully follow the detour signs' is not a good use of this system or the money it costs to run this system. Again, why can't Patch run a front page article alerting residents to road work?
Joan September 29, 2012 at 01:10 PM
Memo to Tim Herbst: Not every resident of town is receiving your robo-calls, including people with landlines who, according to the town website, should automatically be included. Perhaps time and effort would be better spent fixing the system before a REAL town emergency requiring citizen notification occurs.
Carol Hudak September 29, 2012 at 09:32 PM
'Time and effort' and money, Joan. I believe these robo-calls could be political pandering at its best. (or worst?? - you decide.) As I see it, even with 25% of T&B run sewer costs being paid by you and me - US - (the rest of the town), No. Nichols residents will still be paying more for their sewers than the rest of Trumbull. I'm in the now-infamous Jog Hill sewer project area, and our long term assessments were actually lowered. Making minor problems major in Jog Hill, enabled this administration to hire T&B to administer the NN project. (by the way, did you know that T&B has re-designed a bit of that project, adding to its astronomical cost ? I have to ask why, since the town has done very well with 30 years of design by Spath-Bjorklund. Why would S-B's work suddenly need to be re-designed?? A valid question which deserves an answer, since we're paying handsomely for it.) Anyhow . . . Now it's time to pander to No. Nichols residents and oh-so-solicitiously call them weekly and give them a road repair update. I can't wait for next Friday's call . . .
Carol Hudak October 05, 2012 at 06:34 PM
Ah. . . Friday. Robo-call day!! I can hardly wait. (or do you think my number might have been eliminated???) Just have to wait and see - I mean - wait and hear.
HL October 05, 2012 at 06:41 PM
The road repair robo calls are horrendous. We live in an area where the sewers were completed years ago, and I keep getting calls from the Town of Trumbull, which I assume are emergency-related, to tell me about sewer work on the other side of town. I think it's good to keep folk in the loop ... but isn't there a way to only ring the houses of people who are close to the issue, or post on a website that people can follow? I'd rather have the emergency phone system used for emergencies only. I was OK with the one-time call to notify people about changes to the voting district, as that applies to everyone and is important and time sensitive, even if not an emergency.
Carol Hudak October 06, 2012 at 01:55 AM
Oh, boo-hoo! No robo call tonight. I feel like the Maytag repairman - waiting for the call that never came. I understand some other residents did not receive the now infamous weekly robo call. Yoo hoo, Cindy, Joan and HL: did you receive a call tonight? Think I'll check around town somemore . . . Is this the last we will hear of road repair updates in North Nichols? Stay tuned. Thanks for pulling the plug,Tim. (that is, if you did.) I can appreciate your wanting to keep people informed. These robo funds can now be put to better use; like paying for expensive and unnecessary sewer litigation. See, every cloud has a silver lining . . .
Carol Hudak October 06, 2012 at 09:28 PM
Since we have received no 'good-bye' robo call, may I add my own: "I'll Drive There . . . My Way" (sung to the immortal Frank Sinatra tune, "My Way") And now, the end is here, And so we say, Good-bye to robo calls; I'm glad, To see them go, Quite sure to know, That there'll be no more calls . . . I won't miss, Being told How to drive In town construction . . . Oh no - I'll find my way, Without robo - instruction. For what is a woman, What has she got, If not her own map, Then she has not To drive her way As she truly feels, And not the road of those who heel . . . Let the record show, I figured out how to go, And I drove there . . . MY way! Yes . . . it was my way. (Thanks, Mr. Sinatra, you were the very best.)
Kathleen McGannon October 06, 2012 at 10:48 PM
You crack me up, Carol!
Joan October 06, 2012 at 11:04 PM
Best one yet!!
Carol Hudak October 06, 2012 at 11:44 PM
Thanks, Ladies!!! Methinks we're done with robo calls.
Carol Hudak October 26, 2012 at 09:07 PM
Finally! A proper use of the robo call. I just received a robo-call from the F.S. warning of the storm coming on Monday. This storm threatens to be a very serious one. This is how the robo call system should be used. Thanks for the alert, Mr. F.S.

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