To the Editor: Bradner's spending is questioned PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by Kathleen Wright   
Wednesday, 16 December 2009 09:44
I would like to let everyone know how the village of Bradner is spending the residents' money.
1. The police chief asked council if they would consider donating to "shop with cops"? Last year council donated $75 per child for only two children. Noting how the economy is, council agreed to give $100 per child this year and only 2 children will be accepted. We all know there are more then 2 children in Bradner that will go without a Christmas. I do understand how the economy is.
2. The police chief asked if council would consider a standard 3 percent raise for the police force? Council said that is not standard anymore and no raise! I do understand how the economy is.
3. Council agreed to uproot very small pine trees, and move them elsewhere in the park, agreeing to pay $2,790 to a landscaping firm. But they have on payroll the street commissioner and other employees that could have dug up and moved the trees at no cost to the village. Yes, it would have taken more then a day, but it would have saved $2,790!
Several statements were made by the council. "It is our land, our trees, we can do whatever we want!" "We are unable to mow around them!" (You can always weed whack around them? How can you get a mower around them where they moved them?) "We may want to put a shelter there!" And "there were many meetings we discussed this issue, and no resident was here to object." "They were crowded!" Has anyone driven down a road and seen a bunch of pines growing nice and tall? That is called a wind break.
Are trees more important than a child's Christmas?
Residents of Bradner need to attend the council meetings on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month, at the village hall, 7 p.m.
You are more than welcome to ask questions and to ask for public documents, because it is public information.
Come see how money is spent! If no one attends the council meetings, they can pass anything. At least our voices can be heard.
Also, the village is taking $100,000 out of the storm sewer fund and having it put in the street and tree maintenance fund? Don't the storm sewers need to be repaired?
Kathleen Wright

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