By Kristan Huntley
We are in the homestretch of the research project to determine what you, the residents of Cooper-Young, envision as the future of the alleys in the neighborhood. As of mid-March, we have had around 130 responses, or around a 9 percent response rate.
I feel quite confident based on passing conversations I have had with residents, grumbling overheard during alley clean-ups (my grumbling about being itchy included), and the overgrowth and trash issues many people have experienced, this is a topic that you all care deeply about.
In order to forge a sustainable path going forward though, we need to have more people respond.
As spring is coming into full swing and plants are emerging from their hibernation, alley regrowth is quickly occurring. Alleys that were passable during the winter will soon become impassable. Since this year is not a planned tree-trimming year for MLGW in our area and we have had a very mild winter, we are expecting alley overgrowth to be especially bad, raising the impetus to formulate a long-term plan for sustainable upkeep in these alleys.
We can only do this with your help. Please take a few minutes of your time to complete a survey either online at www.cooperyoung.org/alleys/ or call and request a paper copy be sent to you by calling 272-2922.
Alley surveys will be collected through mid-April.
Commonly asked questions
Question: One of the main hurdles to answering the survey that residents have shared with me is that they are not sure how MLGW handles utility pole access if the alley is absorbed or taken over by neighboring properties.
Answer: In cases such as a blown transformer, downed power line or general maintenance, MLGW will either access your backyard through an unlocked gate or go over the fence. This may occur with our without advance notification. In speaking with MLGW representatives, they have shared that this is a common occurrence since many areas do not have alleys and they are prepared to deal with the situation.
Question: Would all the alleys have to do the same thing?
Answer: No. If there is an interest in some alleys being absorbed by neighboring properties but others are more interested in a shared walking space or greenline area, then that would be fine. In order to determine what sustainable plan is most feasible and supported by residents of a given area, more responses are needed so that interest can be accurately gauged.
Other questions? Please call 272-2922 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.