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TO THE EDITOR:

I was really interested in your story on the city council meeting that talked about the pay lane at the Water Department.

I was mostly interested in the fact that nobody I know had a clue they were planning to tear it out until that story came out! Where is the communication with the residents of Artesia?

We knew they were tearing up Texas. We knew it was for repaving and to put in medians. That’s it. When did anyone from the city say, “By the way, we’re thinking about taking out the pay lane, what do YOU OUR CONSTITUENTS think about that?”

The city needs to do a LOT better job of communicating their intentions with the people of this community when they start up these projects. Seems like there are always some key “details” left out when they say what all is going to go on.

I’d also like to say, as an elderly citizen, that my wife and I pay our water bill through that lane and so do all of our family and friends. We want to see it stay, and thank you to that veteran for bringing this up. God bless you also for your service, sir.

Charles Arnst