Miller's New Look
drop off and pick up passengers.
Wattles' biggest complaint is that the city didn't do enough to get input from people who live on Miller before making all these changes. Though officials held public forums, she says, "some of us work fifty-plus hours" a week, and she was able to attend only one session. "They should have gone door to door, canvassing [from] Newport to Maple, asking [residents] what they observed, what they know," she says.
Kevin Clark, who lives in the 1600 block of Miller, points out that "people had a chance to come to the forums," but "a lot of people didn't." He attended the meetings, served on the project's design advisory committee, and is happy with the results. "The islands are nice," he says, and "I really like the rain gardens."
A lot of the $6.5 million project is underground, including a new water main along the entire 0.9-mile stretch, bigger storm sewers, and 1,000 feet of new sanitary sewer. Responding to a heads-up from the city, Clark and other residents took advantage of the work to replace deteriorating Orangeburg sewer lines. Made of wood pulp and pitch, Orangeburg pipes were installed in many postwar subdivisions, but haven't held up well and are no longer used. Replacing his Orangeburg when the sewer was already torn up, Clark says, saved him "a thousand or two."