The city of Wichita blew it by putting a bright blue roof on the water pump station at 21st Street and Webb Road. But now, after neighbors have had many months to adjust to the color, the city is compounding the offense by replacing the roof at a cost of $78,000, up from one $36,000 estimate last year. The decision seems final: The installation of a concrete tile roof is under way. But the city is throwing good money after bad with this, and sending a poor message about City Hall priorities to neighborhoods where the needs are more basic than aesthetics.
Posted by Rhonda Holman
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