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Op-ed: City needs to clean up, check its priorities

(Op-ed given to by a person from Manly, wishing to remain anonymous)

I live just outside Mason City but come to town often with my wife.  I would like to say that a few days after the last snowfall, my wife and I were shopping at Southbridge Mall and exited at the north exit.  We proceeded to walk out onto the plaza and it was completely snow-covered except for a small path which had been shoveled.  We made our way up the path and I lost my footing and fell, right in front of the new Frank Wright Hotel.

Why wasn’t this new, expensive area totally free of snow?  How many millions of dollars were spent there, yet the snow remained, well after an acceptable time for it to be removed?

Watching the actions of Mason City’s leadership, people like myself from out of town always ask “what is going on there?”

Mason City needs to look at the basics of what is wrong in its city.  The snow removal is just one example.  The bike trails, that are buckling, in many places unsafe, and the trash that is littered all along them (especially on Monroe near the Wareco gas station.)

Do these little things and maybe us out-of-towners will want to spend more time in your city.  Thank you.

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