Weekly Feature

2017-07-12 / Bee Heard

Bee Heard

.With sewer charges, the village property tax rate adds up to be $10.7631 per $1,000 of assessed value. For a village home assessed at $150,000, taxes are $1,614. We need a special STAR program to deal with village taxes.

.Why doesn’t Williamsville get rid of the DPW and turn the streets, parks and everything else over to the county or town?

.I want to thank the two lads who helped me out on Cimarand Drive this past Friday. I had a flat tire with my bicycle, and they both came over and both had phones and each of them called and got me a ride home. It was very nice of them; we chatted for a bit. I think Williamsville should be proud they raised a couple of good lads like them.

.It’s time for Amherst Town Board to let the Westwood project proceed. We have a minimum of 12 parks plus school playgrounds in the Town of Amherst for public use. By buying Westwood, we are taking property off the tax rolls, adding to homeowners’ increased taxes. If the Westwood project goes through, it will add to the tax base and not increase our property taxes.

.I called last week because a local bank did not have a flag on its flagpole for Flag Day or Memorial Day, and I didn’t think they would have one for the 4th of July. I stand corrected; it appears there is now a flag on its flagpole. I want to thank the efforts of the female manager who was standing with me and agreed that the flag should be up there. It’s a shame it took their landlord so long.

.Such a shame to see the Amherst Police Department allow illegal firecrackers during the 4th of July again this year. This really engenders a disrespect for the law when our authorities don’t bother to enforce it for this one day of the year.

.I enjoyed the story about the Hardy farm in Getzville. I see the brother died in 1915; what happened to the farm and family after that? Maybe you could provide this information in a later issue.

.About this week’s Out of the Past, 50 Years Ago, at the bottom Theodore Ketchum died on Saturday, July 1, 1967. That’s correct, but my father’s name is Theodore Ketcham; he worked for The Amherst Bee from the time he was 16 years old until he passed away. My brothers and I would just like his name corrected.

.Old Home Days’ policy includes a “police push.” Push denotes force. How about the use of polite police persuasion? Same message, nicer delivery, especially nowadays with people being so easily riled.

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