But for some time there has been a missing "manhole" cover at the intersection of Third Street and Barnett Shoals in Watkinsville.
This is of course along the parade route for the Christmas Parade, and a popular path for joggers, walkers, and even the occasional horse drawn carriage.
Yes, this has been missing more than a year. Yes, it is way too small to be a man hole cover, as no man or even child could fit down there.
My son can barely fit his foot in there. But that does not mean a baby carriage, or a trike, or most bicycles, would not run roughshod over this hazard.
The Watkinsville City council does a good job of responding to the needs of its residents. I did not make a stink about this last night at the meeting. I was happy to hear the council members raise concerns over oil spills and falling porches on their own, and report what the residents had asked them.
But it is a danger, it is a liability the City of Watkinsville could take care of quickly. I am sure City Engineer Mark Campbell could tell me what it is in heartbeat. The Street Department might have a half dozen of these in their shed. I hope they can add it to their list. I noticed the banner is still wrapped up maybe 12 feet away from there.
I know this blog post is no panacea or quick cure all for of Watkinsville's ills, but it is only a beginning. Please take this as a serious request. So please Connie Massey, please Charles Ivie, please Brian Brodrick, Toby and Mikes, help save our tires and ankles, axles and gear shifts, cars and bikes.