So a Public Works official, the director to be exact, Kevin Quigley, is under fire by Rich Lord of the P-G for having his little stretch of road repaved, a dead end that serves two other houses, one of which is not technically in the city limits, while all around Pittsburgh, a “cash-strapped” government is only able to pave 30 miles of street per year.
The work was approved by Kevin Quigley for Kevin Quigley, which anyone with half a brain in their head knows that it looks bad when a person approves their own requests or invoices or time sheets or expense reports or what not.
I’m not here to debate about whether his street needed to be repaved. Maybe it did. Maybe there were other streets in the city (I’m looking at you Fifth Avenue) that could have used the asphalt more.
I’m here to say that someone needs to teach Kevin Quigley how to speak to the media … or, to, you know, shut up.
“I deserve the right to get to my house,” said Mr. Quigley, who also manages the Redd-Up crew, when asked about the surfacing of his street. “It’s never been paved in its whole entirety, and [who] are you to determine, in the city of Pittsburgh, what streets get paved, and what streets don’t get paved?”
Mr. Quigley said Edwin’s surface was evaluated by department pavement experts and rated a zero — the lowest possible rating. “The freaking mailman can’t even get to my house,” he said.
Could he BE any more confrontational?
Also, he should have known better than to say that to Rich Lord, who ALWAYS does his homework:
U.S. Postal Service spokesman Tad Kelley said he could find no records of mail carriers refraining from delivering mail to Speck or Edwin streets.
“Neither rain nor snow nor gloom of night, nor the terrible potholes on Edwin Street.”