BLOG: Wasteful Government Spending Right Here in Perry Hall

Looking for real life examples of wasteful government spending.

Many of us complain about wasteful government spending, but rarely are direct examples of this ever given. A common complaints is, "Where does all the money go?" Whether we're talking about federal or state government, we continually hear, "Let's eliminate the waste, fraud and abuse," as a constant drumbeat.

I am on the lookout for those examples that I am sure we have all seen and said out loud or under our breaths, "Now why are they doing that?" Just maybe our local politicians read the Patch and will take a look at these examples.

Here's my first example. If you have ever driven by the two intersections at the corner of Joppa and Belair Roads, you will notice crosswalks placed there as a result of the Perry Hall Elementary School. How many elementary students walk without their parents from the school?

The streetscape improvements (which did help traffic flow) have resulted in more than 20 new crosswalk signs at these two intersections. That's right, 20-plus crosswalk signs in addition to the crosswalk signals.

Now I believe in safety around school zones just as much as anyone else. But was that really necessary? Or just simply stupid? Seems minor, but thousands of dollars were wasted because of a bureaucrat or two.

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Joe February 09, 2012 at 06:02 PM
Delete .Joe 1:00 pm on Thursday, February 9, 2012 Have you ever heard of the American Disabilities Act? Those sidewalks and intersections were terrible for anyone wheelchair bound. Yes, the sidewalk in front of the elementary school is usually not used by the students of that school. Perry Hall residents that are disabled as well as the joggers, walkers and bicyclist have benefitted more from the safety improvements to the sidewalks and the intersections.
Joe February 09, 2012 at 06:07 PM
I agree with you about the most dangerous part of Joppa Rd. It would be nice if the county could widen that section of roadway and add speed humps, like the ones on Kilbride and Carlisle. I drive by slowly during the events at the schools hoping someone does not walk out between the parked cars.
Paul Amirault February 09, 2012 at 10:21 PM
I as someone who believes that equal access makes perfect sense in almost all cases, it is crazy to go back in time and fix everything done wrong previously. How many people in wheelchairs have you ever seen crossing major intersections like Honeygo & Rte 43, or Honeygo and Belair Rd, or Joppa and Belair Rd? I have lived here 30 years and never seen one. The ADA although well intentioned has major flaws.
Marty Warren February 09, 2012 at 10:26 PM
Hey Paul, I agree with you. Many laws are well intentioned then don't do what we thought they would do. They should be changed or repealed but they rarely are. The ADA KILLS small business's. A good example is making manufacturing plants "Disabled Compliant". Pepsi and Coke had NO problem making their buildings compliant, all they had to do was raise their soda's a penny a can. Shasta and other small business's, Not so much.
James Smith April 04, 2012 at 05:17 PM
The best way to prevent wasteful spending is to put the checkbook online for all eyes to see.


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