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2010-12-01 / Bee Heard

Bee Heard

.At a time when all we seem to hear about are complaints regarding town government, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Amherst highway workers for doing an exceptional job cleaning up the leaves in the Snyder area. Thank you again.

.Every day as I drive around Western New York, I see literally hundreds of people texting while driving. Why is there little or no enforcement of this dangerous practice by local police agencies? Officers in unmarked cars observing and issuing summonses with high fines attached would be a strong deterrent to this practice, and the revenue from these fines would go a long way in helping out our troubled town and village governments.

.Smallwood is the number two elementary school in Erie County. It is one of the top 10 schools in math scores. Just what are these math parents complaining about? It seems to me they should be thankful for having such a high-performing school and for the teachers and administration that makes this possible. They are acting like Chicken Little, and the sky is definitely not falling.

.The village water department has suffered excessive volumes of unaccounted/ unbilled/lost water since 2000 and possibly before. That is a fact. Trustees who don’t acknowledge this are in denial. Year 2000 lost water was 60,211,000 gallons. May 2010 water report shows lost water at 78,651,000 gallons. The Erie County Water Authority is not in the business of free water; they bill the village whether you use the water or lose it. Using the ECWA blended bulk purchase rate of $2.13 per 1,000 gallons means it costs taxpayers $167,527 for lost water in 2010 alone. The department needs engineering leadership.

.Last night three teenagers ran across Main Street in Williamsville in the dark during rush hour. It’s a miracle they stopped in the turning lane before they were hit by a car. What is it going to take for people to stop jaywalking across Main Street?

.I urge Eric County Legislators to carefully review the proposed budget that Chris Collins has submitted for 2011. Severe cuts to the libraries, theaters, arts and museums is uncalled for and will hurt thousands of people in Erie County. Another issue that has not been addressed too much by the news media is the layoff of hundreds of county employees, which is definitely a political move on the part of the county executive. I urge Mr. Collins to not veto any recommendations made by the Erie County Legislature. Instead of acting like Ebenezer Scrooge during this holiday season, he could act a bit more like Santa Claus. Keeping employees working will help the economy.

.The Swormville Ladies Auxiliary wish to thank the community for its support at our annual Election Day bake sale. Your kind generosity enables us to give back to the community and will help with our many charitable projects.

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