Pride and action will help Trenton Public Works director
The alleged resignation of Merkle Cherry from his director position of public works comes without surprise.
Leaving before a door slams against your buttocks allows some self-dignity and social grace as Cherry faced a city under siege by a long list of issues that produced immense
Whatever reality connected to his departure holds no significance unless Cherry realized that failure awaits just about any human assigned to take on the mean streets of Trenton, awash in potholes, lined by garbage, glazed with depression and shadowed by weeds that stretch toward heaven.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph. Pardon the blasphemy but Trenton has never wrestled with such trash and deterioration, such deplorable indecency by residents and such apathy delivered by employees, which sounds preposterous for workers picking up steady paychecks that include wonderful bennies.
Mayor Reed Gusciora offered Cherry an admirable and face-saving departure.
“Director Cherry was an admirable public servant,” Mayor Reed Gusciora offered in a prepared statement.
“He faced, and dealt with plenty of challenging issues during his tenure. I just hope that going forward we can further improve how the rest of New Jersey sees Trenton.”
Frankly, Mayor Gusciora, capital city residents should abandon concerns about how the rest of “New Jersey sees Trenton” for a city-wide conference with motivational speaker Tony Robbins or opt for spiritual guidance from T.D. Jakes and Joel Osteen to discuss the myopia or near blindness that afflicts leaders and residents.
The mayor’s office announced current Public Property Manager, Wahab Onitiri, will replace Cherry “until a comprehensive search can be conducted.”
Gusciora stressed Mr. Onitiri, a 25-year civil-servant “is ready to spearhead City efforts for the time being.”
Onitiri held the position of street superintendent for before being promoted to manager of public property in 2016.
Gusciora noted ”Onitiri has experience in social work and was a Gulf War Veteran in the U.S. Army”, valuable assets for this relentless fight opposite slum landlords, slummy tenants and creeping blight.
“Mr. Onitiri, or ‘Wally’, as he’s known around City Hall, will be a fantastic caretaker for the Department,” Gusciora pledged.
“The man was superintendent to our roadways for a decade and a half. He may just be the best person in Trenton to fill our potholes, Mattress dumping represents major trash issue. and finally, revamp outside perception of our city.”
There it is again, a concern about how other people view Trenton instead of the cultivation of concern by residents. Outsiders will always have good, bad or despicable perceptions of Trenton as this city faces certain demise until residents and politicians smell the stench and open eyes to the sordid reality of current conditions.
Trenton remains home to positive lifestyles and strengths, yet, we need a confession that a small swath of Chambers St., right up the street from that ginormous $150 million new high school, looks like shanty town.
One wonders if Mayor Gusciora traveled that Chambers St. route Friday or avoided being witness to this two-block stretch of social dysfunction and blight, including five houses that need immediate demolition to chase squatters, addicts
For the record, these issues were well entrenched before Mayor Gusciora took office.
While potholes represent everyresidents’ attention, grab, a personal interest eyes the maniacal matrix of discarded mattresses or streets such as portions of Walnut Ave. or Sanford St., where abandoned or boarded homes, some city-owned properties being strangled by weeds, outnumber inhabitable residences.
Mr. Gusciora should desert concerns about outside perceptions of Trenton for heart-to-heart discussions with residents about the reality of our current demise.
If residents have no realization about this dire situation regarding a litany of issues, then doomsday awaits. If we care more about what others think rather than establishing a sense of pride from our own perspectives then Trenton faces ruin.
What other people think or say about Trenton should not factor in our revitalization.
It’s about us.
City of Trenton inspectors allow Hamilton Ave. businesses without penalty to stockpile trash.