On Labor Day, during the balloon lift-off, we noticed some lack of maintenance problems on the western lawn area along Rose Street.
The drinking fountain on the northwest corner had a clogged drain, and the basin was coated in perhaps a year’s worth of algae. All of the benches (donated by Tokay Rotary Club) in this area were in disrepair, especially one that was missing six slats and which had an iron fitting protruding that could be very dangerous to playful kids. The trash containers were in bad repair. There was one lighting fixture on the south side in bad need of repair, and the basketball playing area needs new netting. There were a lot of brown spots in the lawn.
It seems to me that these items could easily be repaired with minimum expense. This is the Hutchins Street Square, showpiece of Lodi, and it deserves better or improved maintenance.