“We have to walk, before we can run” commented “Lady” Mayor Myra L. Taylor as she diligently labored with the Public Works Department, during their on-going Capital Improvement Program to repair sidewalks as a preventative measure for tripping hazards and to improve the quality of life throughout the City of Opa-locka.
Mayor Taylor, who is concerned about the elderly, the children, the physically challenged, the visually impaired and everyone who uses the City of Opa-locka sidewalks, said she believes that “Public safety encompasses a wide spectrum, including protecting our citizens who like to take leisurely strolls on the walkways of their neighborhood.” She said, “We need to assure that our streets AND our sidewalks are safe, in every way.” Taylor remarked that when sidewalks located near schools are in great shape, it will also facilitate better access to the buildings. “The Commission recognizes the importance of this task from a safety, as well as an aesthetic point-of-view. If the concrete is in excellent condition, then the property value is enhanced. Therefore, we are meticulously working to make repairs and restore the sidewalks,” the Mayor noted.
As a part of their on-going Capital Improvement Program, the goal of the Public Works Department is to repair a minimum of 200 feet of sidewalk every month in order to continuously address the issues within the City. Mayor Taylor admitted, “It’s a process that will take a little time, but as many of our residents step outside their doors,” she smiled, “they can already see that progress IS being made!”