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2010-05-12 / Bee Heard

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.For a couple of weeks now I have happened to see a few traffic stops on Sweet Home between Eggert and Sheridan. The police cars pull them over with both cars sticking out onto Sweet Home about 2 or 3 feet. On the northwest corner of Eggert and Sweet Home there is a vacant cleaners lot, and going north on Sweet Home there are three streets that don’t get much action. Maybe if the police would have them pull into the cleaners lot or onto one of the side streets where they could write their tickets in peace we could avoid what could someday be a big problem, because Sweet Home at rush hour is nothing to fool with.

.Amherst is running a deficit and needs to find $9.8 million for the next budget cycle. Option No. 1 is to increase the assessments sufficiently to fund the deficit. Option No. 2 is to just increase the tax rate to fund the deficit. Option No. 3 is to reduce town payroll by 12 percent. Option No. 3 is the correct solution, and special reductions should be reserved for layoffs in the Amherst Police Traffic Division.

.The notion that spending village tax dollars and homeowner money to install sidewalks to make Williamsville more walkable is flawed thinking and should be discarded immediately. Homeowners should be spared these feel-good ideas that cost us more money and will have no impact on village life. Irresponsible drivers and outrageous volumes of traffic on village streets is the problem, not lack of sidewalks.

.There is misinformation in the Bee Heard about the sewer rates in the Village of Williamsville and the Town of Amherst. You’re saying the village is $4.87 per $1,000, and the town is $2.96 per $1,000, but that’s just not true. The town has two sewer districts: one is $3.52 per $1,000, and the other is $4.80 per $1,000

.The trapshooting at the Country Club of Buffalo has been going on some 80 years, probably long before most of the residents in the area were born. The great number of people who you claim are annoyed better check the location before moving in. Eighty years should be enough time to find out if you want to live there or not.

.If you want to know the difference between the town and the village, go down Reist Street by the St. Francis Home and look at the street pavement. Part of it is very well-paved, and the other part is all choppy and bad. The choppy and bad part is the village. You make your choice.

.In response to the person complaining about the noise generated by the Buffalo Country Club members shooting clay pigeons, I am not a club member but I live nearby, and I don’t have a problem with the noise generated for a couple hours on a weekend when members shoot trap and skeet. This club and range have been in existence a long time, and in Amherst there are numerous other noises far more offensive.

.Thanks to the April 28 Bee editorial for informing the public of how our elected officials are making decisions that affect all our lives. We elected them to openly represent us.

.Does anyone honestly believe that if the Village of Williamsville is dissolved, the residents won’t have any fire protection? If you are against the village being dissolved, please at least have legitimate reasons for your belief.

.I have to wonder if it’s appropriate for the town supervisor to be a Western New York coordinator for someone running for governor, regardless of par ty.

.Did you know, organizations who normally get funding from New York State have programs in place based on anticipated or mandated funding? These programs normally can’t just stop till our dysfunctional government gets its act together. They need to borrow funding to maintain program, but the long-range borrowing means they are paying interest, which can mean a hundred dollars they may receive will only give about $65 worth of purchasing power after paying off the loans. It’s sad.

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