Navajo-Hopi Nations,Flagstaff & Winslow News
Wed, Aug. 05

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Tuba roads need attention

Editor:

I am writing this letter to bring attention to the poor maintenance conditions in the paved asphalt road on Main Street in Tuba City. I raised my concerns during the public hearing when I compared the modern-day problems of Main Street to the previous years’ Kerley Road concerns and proposals for construction and improvements. The sections reflecting poor maintenance and neglect are the sections beginning at the Tuba City Trading Post north to the pavement ending at the Tuba City Unified School District #15 teacher mobile homes.

The road, littered with cracked asphalt, uneven surfaces, earth soil build-up, trash, and pot-holes, is hazardous to automobile drivers, children, bicyclists, pedestrians, and visiting vacation tour enthusiasts. There must be coordination and cooperation among the various Heads of the branches of the government since Main Street does not belong to a single agency such as within the Cities of Kayenta (Township areas), Flagstaff, and Page.

Main Street is used by all of the residents of Tuba City, Moencopi, towns in the local vicinity, and employees for the U.S., federal, state, and tribal governments (United States Public Health Service, Boarding School, Public School, Coconino County, Navajo-Hopi Legal Services, San Juan Southern Paiute fitness center, and religious organizations). The Heads of each branch of government must coordinate collectively to resolve this problem within the community. The interests of the community do not represent the Indian population alone. Many other people—Anglo, African, and Hispanic Americans among others—are residents, doctors, nurses, educators, clergy people, other government affiliates, and business managers and owners. All of the people will benefit from the road maintenance.

The overall safety and greater morale of the community will cause prosperity and success for every resident favoring the safest condition for traveling. It is my request that there is an inspection and an agreement for the maintenance responsibilities, continuous upkeep, and immediate corrective action in short and long-term initiative plans. There should be maximum coordination, cooperation, and planning among the responsible branches.

No single branch of the differing governments will lose in this win-win situation. The greater benefit will be the community and its members who, coincidentally, already represent eighty-percent or more of the government’s employment. The local Navajo Nation Toh Naneez Dizi/Tuba City Chapter is always poorly limited in operating and maintenance budgets. Therefore, this construction problem will require state and federal assistance since local taxation and city or township infrastructure do not exist for Tuba.

Respectfully,

Michael S. Bilagody

Tuba City

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