My doorbell rang today and when I opened it, there were two men standing before me. One of the men stood off about 5 feet from the front door and the other one said he was from the City of Sioux Falls. Kind of reminded me of Halloween night when the kids are at the door and the parent is standing off observing. The man at the door said they were here to inspect the sump hole in my house. They were polite and friendly. This is not about them.
It was 1:45 p.m. on a Tuesday afternoon. When I drove down my street, I saw the city public works car on another street and there were two men down at the corner of my block. I expected them to show up eventually but not in less than 10 minutes. There are over 16 houses on my block.
Now why do a door to door survey and inspection like this one in the middle of the day? My street is like a ghost town during the day. Everyone is either at work or at school. I doubt that my street is any different than any other neighborhood street in Sioux Falls. The majority of the good folks of Sioux Falls are not home during the day. Also, why does it take two workers to walk the neighborhoods of Sioux Falls in the middle of day to take a survey and inspect a sump hole? Couldn't they cover more ground if they worked alone? Wouldn't their survey garner more information if they worked late afternoon, early evening hours when most people are at home?
As I closed my door, I thought how inefficient this public works survey/inspection process seemed to be and what a waste of man hours. Two men walking empty neighborhoods during the middle of the workweek. How many more duplicate trips are going to be made to get this survey done? How credible is the survey going to be when the majority of responses will be "no one at home."
This is not a society where people are home during the day. Businesses, clinics, daycare centers, you name it, have adjusted their operating hours to conform to a changing society that no longer operates within the confines of a Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. environment. I guess not the City of Sioux Falls. More like thinking in the 1950's when Mom was home all day, doing the wash, baking cookies and planning supper. Thinking out of the box? Doesn't appear so.