Why does the City prefer public streets to private streets?

Public streets are preferred by the City because they are more easily maintained by the City. Private streets prevent the City from being able to oversee traffic control; speeding enforcement; parking enforcement; abandoned vehicle disposal; signage installation; lack of reliable maintenance; pothole repair; sidewalk curb and gutter repair; street light maintenance; signage maintenance / theft replacement; asphalt overlay; snow and ice removal; street sweeping; decreased water quality; street light utility bills; sight distance triangle clear zone; damage or accelerated wear due to utility vehicles, garbage trucks, delivery vehicles, fire trucks among other public safety concerns. For more information please call Public Works at 360-293-1919.

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1. Why does the City prefer public streets to private streets?
2. Why can't we do something to slow down traffic for pedestrians?
3. Whom do I call if a streetlight is out?
4. Whom do I call if the signal lights at an intersection are out?
5. Where can I get City maps?
6. How do I locate my sewer or other utilities located on or near my property?
7. Who do I call if I need to dig on or near my property?
8. When do I need to call before I dig?
9. Why do I need to call before I dig?
10. What are those paint markings in front of my house?
11. I see sidewalks around town that go nowhere. An example is the sidewalk recently installed on the north side of Oakes Avenue near Anacopper Mine Road. What is this all about?