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2007-09-26 / Bee Heard

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.Amherst Supervisor Satish Mohan should quickly disclose to Amherst taxpayers just how much per household is being wasted because he waited two years to negotiate the highway workers' union contract. Mohan should also explain to taxpayers just how unbudgeted, lump-sum payments to highway workers are going to be paid and just how much per household that unanticipated, unplanned for, poorly paid out expense will cost Amherst taxpayers. As usual, Mohan did not do his homework.

.It's fall again and activities have picked up at the Amherst Pepsi Center. I encourage all public officials in town to quietly visit the Amherst Pepsi Center any afternoon, Monday through Friday, 4-9 p.m. and any Saturday morning, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. This would also include anyone running for office as well, and any taxpayers who have an interest in such matters. Stand around the lobby and watch what goes on, completely unsupervised. Watch how the center has become a babysitting drop-off service for some families in town. See the bags piled up, and the sticks, and the goings on while adults pay no attention. Take a good look at the facilities, themselves, their actual physical condition and maintenance. Realize that the bonds outstanding for this infrastructure are going to be payable for many years. But given that after only about nine years of use, the facility has become so beaten up and is so dirty, you have to wonder how many years it will be before the entire facility needs a retrofit and facelift, and we have to add that expense onto the bonds already outstanding.

.Attention, Amherst voters, when you approach the voting booth this fall, please ask yourself why our town board permits our town administrators to be so rude, condescending and quick to get irritated with taxpayers. A simple, polite request for an explanation is always met with as few words as possible, and a disdainful attitude. An investigation of a potential problem is met with, well we'll look into it but you'll have to call us for follow-up and feedback, we won't call you. In the age of communication of cell phones and e-mails, and I'm sure our administrators are very well equipped with this equipment, this approach and style of service is simply inappropriate. Further, this is nothing new; this attitude of don't bother us has been prevalent at town hall for many, many years. Candidates for office this year, please tell us what you are going to do to address this, because so far you haven't told us where you stand on anything.

.I am a diehard Republican, but I will never vote for Barry Weinstein. As a long-term county legislator, Weinstein did nothing to help the county improve its fiscal mess. Is that the financial expertise he will also bring to the Town of Amherst? I hope people will think carefully before considering a vote for Weinstein.

.I agree with Richard McGarvy in his letter to the editor in last week's Bee. Mohan has had a very slow start and has been unable to work with the people on the board and unable to bring any consensus out of what he's been doing. He did seek yes men; he's been heard to say in public that he and only he should select who runs for and sits on the board. He thinks he should be in control of the highway and police departments. Mohan is out of control, and I'm glad to see the majority of the people on that flyer did not win the primary; unfortunately, two did win and one of them is a definitely a Mohan supporter. We need independent thinkers on the board who can come together as a group once they have hashed out their differences on matters at hand. Mohan needs to step back, step down and leave control of the town to those who know what they are doing.

.I'm a Mill Middle School parent and I take care of my children before school; on days I can't, I pay neighborhood kids to watch them. I don't expect the school to do that. Wake up, parents; it's not the school's job, it's ours as parents.

.Oh, how I wish the FCC would not allow the SUV/Jeep advertisements on TV that attempt to glorify driving through a gentle stream, pristine desert or snowy field with fishtail turns and pummeling the environment. It's so reckless and irresponsible in its advertising. The worst part is that the owners of these vehicles drive on our streets in Amherst like what they see in the ad. You should know, when you drive in the fatuous manner that all of you who do guzzle gas in doing so, it's not far from the truth if I were to say you're killing one of our boys in the Middle East, making the oligopoly of oil or OPEC stronger. When you look at a SUV, it's the same amount of seating and trunk space as a car, so what is the logic?

.It appears Supervisor Mohan is at it again; something is wrong in the town and he has found someone other than himself to blame. This time it's the assessment program, the program he refused to fund, the program the state won't reimburse the town for because Mohan did not want 100 percent assessment, the program that will cost every home and business owner more in property taxes needlessly according to the superintendents of the three school districts in the town. Who is to blame? The assessor, Mr. Williams, of course, not the supervisor.

.This comment is to point out the terrible condition of North Forest Road between Sheridan Drive and Maple. The potholes on both sides of the road are huge. What's ironic and surprising is that many of them are within a few hundred yards of the highway department. I would hope that the highway trucks that drive by there hundreds of times a week could once in a while stop and fill in those potholes, which are a threat to cyclists and motorists. (Editor's note: North Forest Road is maintained by Erie County, not the Town of Amherst.)

.I can't tell you how excited and thrilled I am to learn that the hockey game will be played on New Year's Day at the Ralph. Of course, I won't be going because I can't afford the scalpers' ticket prices, nor can I afford the $25 parking fee. There seems to be a big secret about how much this is going to cost taxpayers. Even though I won't be going, I'm sure it's going to cost me something. What's all the secrecy? Fun? Wo w.

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