Village government is intended to benefit the residents that we serve. Are we so stringent that we refuse to help those that live in or operate businesses in our community? Of, course not! In these difficult economic times, everyone must help each other. Some things we can accomplish by donating just a little of our time and effort: Plowing a path on a senior citizen’s driveway when the snow flies, trimming a few branches for a resident when we’re working in the area, fixing a mailbox post when an errant vehicle knocked it down, or removing a little extra debris left over after a storm.
Other things we do for our residents we must charge a fee for. Inspecting the work of a contractor to insure our resident received a competent job for the work that was performed; clearing a sewer lateral because the clog is before the main, reconstructing parkways and asphalt after a water main break are things we charge back to either the resident or to the agency that we perform the work for.
Changing a light bulb for a business owner who frequently donates the use of her business premises to the village for Town Hall Meetings for the residents is one of those items we charge for, but still do in order to help a business operator in our community.
To ridicule our efforts, performed for a fair price, and defame our village logo in the same tawdry communication is just wrong!
Where are the pictures of our Public Works crew building Jerry Carter’s fence? Mr. Carter paid for the work just like the Canterbury Inn did.
Where are the pictures of the costly drainage project built by Public Works across the front of Ms. Bartoszek’s lovely home with the illegal basement? The project benefitted many homes both north and south of her home and by the way, she did not build the basement. It was there when she bought it.
I guess it just depends on the “spin” you want to put on things, doesn’t it?
I think I’ll continue to err on the side of kindly cooperation with the residents and businesses in our town.
After all, isn’t that what a community is for?
Mayor, Board President
Village of Justice