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2015-02-11 / Bee Heard

Bee Heard

.Barrels and boxes containing an unknown substance have been sitting at the construction site at Main and Rinewalt in the Village of Williamsville for several weeks. The village should ensure that the developer cleans up the mess and determine if it is hazardous to residents.

.Property values in Amherst are tightly connected to the quality of education happening in our classrooms. In the past decade, too many reductions have been made. I have no children, but I’m not opposed to seeing my taxes increase because that means my property values will remain high at resale time. If a few more dollars now on my tax bill translates to thousands more I’ll get when I sell my home, I’m all for it. Let’s not be penny wise and pound foolish. Tell our school board members to keep education a high priority in Amherst.

.I would like to thank Mr. Bob Anderson for all his years of service to the Town of Amherst.

.To the caller who is leery about school tax exemptions for veterans, if it weren’t for veterans, you wouldn’t have a school tax bill to worry about.

.Thanks to the gentleman I saw snowblowing Wednesday morning at the corner of Saratoga and Mount Vernon. We appreciate your efforts to keep our sidewalks clear. Thank you very much.

.The Amherst School Board dragged its feet for over a year before having a serious discussion about the new school tax exemption for veterans.

At the Feb. 3 meeting, they decided not to allow the exemption to go through for the 2015-16 school tax year. They spent about 15 minutes discussing the topic.

.I just came back from a trip going east on Maple Road just past Hopkins. I was two cars behind a large snow plow. The plow barreled down the edge of the road tossing empty garbage totes right, left and high into the air. It’s amazing that no cars or pedestrians were injured, although I probably can’t say the same for the totes. It looked like bombs were going off. Unbelievable.

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