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2007-02-07 / Bee Heard

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.Can anyone tell me why the Amherst Town Board needs seven members? Wouldn't cutting it to five reduce chaos, nitpicking and backbiting? I've seen more maturity and less self-centeredness at fraternity meetings. Can't we do better than this?

.Where is the sidewalk plow in the Village of Williamsville? We bought a brand-new tractor, and I have not seen it. More service cutbacks!

.Satish Mohan's recent statement in The Amherst Bee to the effect that his failure to achieve his campaign promises is the fault of the town board is just so preposterous, it's hard to know where to begin. It was Mohan alone who failed to negotiate the union contracts and instead chose to, in effect, declare war on the unions through his utterances and bizarre statements made to the press. That had nothing to do with the town board. Mohan never has his facts and figures right. How can a chief financial officer succeed, who fails to do even the most basic homework for his office? Mohan's tired call for outsiders to run for office this year is a smokescreen for the failures that he has imposed upon taxpayers, and taxpayers will pay for those failures for years to come.

.The Amherst supervisor wanted to handle the union contracts. Why isn't he coming to meetings to do just that? He says one thing and does another.

.The recent articles about the heat issues at the Amherst schools is accurate. I applaud those individuals for looking out for the students and not letting the school board intimate them. We all want to save the taxpayers money, but I challenge parents to stop by and feel the temperatures in the buildings. They are keeping the buildings much too cold, and it is interfering with daily work.

.It is so unprofessional of Shelley Schratz, while she sits next to Dr. Mohan, to whisper in his ear. Hopefully, she can find something else that might make her happy, because certainly she is making a disgrace of the entire town board.

.Why are Christmas trees still at the curb in Amherst when it is Februar y?

.Thank you, Dr. Mohan! I voted for you, I stuck up for you, I've defended you. I've been on your side from the beginning, until I got my assessment and taxes in the mail last week. I can no longer afford to live in Amherst; I cannot afford to stay in my home. My husband died in the summer; we've lived in this house for 19 years, and now I have to get ready to sell it, because you are taxing me to death. And where are our taxes going? I'm looking at the broken-down leaves, trees and limbs from the October storm that have been out front since before Christmas. There are Christmas trees on the street. What is going on with this town? I am disgusted! I am sorry you got my vote.

.Two years ago the swimmers at Amherst High School were promised a look at a brand-new pool with the next bond issue, and now I'm seeing it's not on the table. What happened to that idea? The pool is quite disgusting; the kids are forced to practice at middle school and have their home meets at an entirely different pool. Should we consolidate districts? What happened to that plan to replace the pool?

.I see in last week's Bee that you had a complaint about the sidewalks not being plowed in Williamsville. I would really appreciate it, being a senior citizen, not only plowing the village sidewalks in the business area, but the residential streets, so we can get out and walk. We residents do pay a lot of taxes, the residents, not the businessmen. Oh, and if the old sidewalk plow is in the meeting house museum, get it out and use it!

.One of the many pluses that drew us to Amherst was the reputation of its excellent school system and their dedication to academic success. I now see voters (in the Amherst Central School District) will be asked to approve an elaborate bond package in May. Please tell me how improving parking on a street near an athletic field or remodeling a school auditorium will serve to enhance my child's education. I would much rather see money spent supporting teachers, increasing educational opportunities or ensuring safety and security in all buildings of the district. This bond issue will not get my vote.

.I want to thank you for bringing attention to the fact that the Main Street sidewalks are not plowed. Weekly, I must go from Main and Cayuga to either Rite-Aid or the library, and I have to fight the sidewalks all the way. Since I'm 80 years old, this is quite a difficulty. They should institute fines!

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