I enjoy and appreciate progress -- and sometimes I have to remind myself that minor inconveniences mean better infrastructure for the future.
I found myself repeating this in my head over and over as I headed home from work last week. I live just a few blocks from our office, and I usually take one of two side roads home.
I headed down Vincennes Street like normal, but was quickly face-to-face with a “Road Closed” sign. No worries, I thought, so I jutted over toward Little A with the plan to head east toward home. But, another Road Closed sign was in my way.
I grumbled to myself as I made yet another trip around the block, delaying my drive home by a whole two minutes.
I had to stop myself. Why was I so upset about just a few minutes, when the projects are going to better the area for years to come? Upgrades to the stormwater system are pretty important for our city’s future.
I suppose I have a little bit of a different perspective than most, though. I sit through the meetings where local cities, towns and the county are scraping together dollar and cents to use our tax dollars to the best of their ability even as they face continued obstacles. I’ve watched as local representatives put in a lot of extra work to get grants and funding to make projects like this possible.
In the City of Linton, we ran into another inconvenience with a scheduled power outage recently, as Duke Energy works to make some much-needed upgrades. At first, I did what I’m sure most people did: a bit of an eye roll.
But, I’d rather have an up-to three-hour power outage in the middle of the night while I’m sleeping while repairs are made than to deal with an unplanned, probably-longer outage in the middle of my work day because no one had worked on the equipment. Thankfully, I woke up at 1:59 a.m. just as my fan was turning back on from the outage -- just under an hour without power and just a bit of a chill in our house.
With “construction season” nearing, I plan to continue my mantra of appreciation as I will most definitely experience much longer than a couple-of-minute delay as I travel around the county.
Sabrina is the editor of the Greene County Daily World. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.