Are you as disgusted with Augusta politics as I am? Lately it seems that the politicians would rather fight than actually get something done.
I realize that the task of governing is huge and way outside the parameters of my experience. But please, more than not, it seems that common sense and logic have disappeared from the legislative platform.
However, for today, I am going to focus on the positive, and give an example of how my neighborhood focused its energy on a common goal of upgrading our gravel road, and in the process, gained a new sense of community.
Just a little background. We live on a private road, and as many of you know who live on a private road, the funding for repairs and upgrades is largely dependent on the local road association. In our case, petty differences between neighbors prevented the implementation of the type of upgrades that would lead to real changes.
Confronted with ditches that could not operate due to serious drainage issues, in August 2014, a group of neighbors banded together to strategize for change. We knew that the necessary changes required equipment and expertise – all of which costs money.
We determined a strategy for leveraging the road association for $1,000. Never in the 17 years that we have lived on this private road, had this much money been appropriated for road maintenance. In addition, another unprecedented action took place; seven individual home owners donated up to $200 per household for the road upgrade.
A licensed contractor team donated their labor – again unprecedented. Then after 2 full days of ditching and grading, the road had been transformed. Neighbors invested sweat equity in the project, which was also a first!
To culminate the project, the neighborhood gathered in October to celebrate the new road, express our heartfelt thanks to the contractors, and to acknowledge the new sense of community.
This coming spring, the neighbors will meet to come up with a plan to maintain the road. There is a common understanding that a well maintained road ( with good drainage) is intrinsically connected to the ecological health of Highland Lake. A healthy lake promotes positive property values.
This coming together as a neighborhood reminds me of something Margaret Mead once said: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
In conclusion, one never knows where an idea will lead. I am investing in RosieWorks because of my belief that I can make a difference, especially in the area of career choice. There’s a good chance that together, you and I could create a path toward some unbelievable changes.