The following letter from Dan & Winn Chesnard appeared in the 4/4/13 edition of The Gazette. It also follows here:
To the Editor,
At a recent meeting of the Village Board of Trustees for the budget planning on
Wednesday the 27th of March, the Bicycle Committee proposed putting 12 bike racks
that will hold two bike each at various places in town.
I think this is a good idea to have some bike racks for people to secure their
bikes. The big question is where to place the bike racks so that they
won't be in the way of car doors and pedestrians crossing the street and not
blocking the sidewalks?
I suggested that the village phase the bike racks in 4 at a time. I did
not think this was too unreasonable, but was met with some opposition, as then
the village can't get a discount for buying the racks in quantity. The
racks are not a big expense so buying in quantity will not amount to a big
saving. But on the other hand buying 12 racks and installing them without
testing and input from the residents of the village brings back a memory of
doing something for a minority of village residents. That cost the
village 10s of thousands of dollars in lost money. The Skate Park is the
item that cost us a lot of money to put in and take out. This was for the
use of only a few village residents, as the bike racks will be.
So let's go slowly on spending the tax payers money. The village board
seems to spend more money than we take in, which means higher taxes for
everyone. For example, the bike lanes, the boat club, and the Gouveia
property resulting in loss of tax income, so let's figure a way for the village
to make money instead of just spending it.
Solving the brown drinking water problem should be a first priority.
Dan and Winn Chesnard