DPW layoffs politically motivated
After claiming that the Russ administration was turning Brookfield into "Sin City" by granting too many liquor licenses, PEP is now actually creating two more additional liquor licenses. Why the hypocrisy? Why is this okay now, but not then? Will this create additional revenue for the town? Well, if it does, can we keep the public works employees that are getting laid off?
Quite frankly, I'm very disappointed and more than a bit disgusted in the whole layoff antics. For once things were getting done, and now they won't. In the past few years, my street has been properly plowed, my trees trimmed, the parks looking clean. That was probably because there were enough people to actually get the job done, but now there won't be.
A supervisor was even quoted in the paper saying that my services would be affected. Believe me, I'll take his word for it before I take the word of the village board because he's the one actually doing the physical work and seeing the day to day operations. When was the last time you saw a board member trimming a tree, watering the flower baskets, in a hole fixing a main break, plowing the streets at 2 am or doing actual physical labor with the men from public works?
So how bad will it get without these guys getting in there and getting work done? I wonder, why weren't these layoffs in the works before? And I wonder, why are the men being laid off the ones that were hired by the Russ administration? Sounds like some major political shenanigans to me. I hope they all hire a great attorney and get what they deserve from a politically motivated and unappreciative village board.
Wasn't Michele Catanzaro quoted as saying "some good people lost their jobs under Bill Russ"? Well, looks like Mike Garvey and PEP are no better - they can pass the buck to the village manager, but we all know that's just what it is, passing the buck and looking smug about getting away with it.
Donate your organs
The decision to donate one of your dead organs to save a human life should not be a topic of debate. The entire decision should be decided by the donor. Most donors have had exposure to a friend or family who has seen or heard about the pain and suffering experienced by the alck of a transplanted organ. At last count, we had 88,000 people waiting for a transplant. Many die while waiting. Dialisis costs $25,000 a month and is not a great alternative.
I have signed my driver's license and hope that harvesting my vitals will proceed. My feeling is that I will extend my life cycle by living on in the body of some healthy person. My fantasy is that my eyes will be alive for possibly another 50 years in another person.
My body will not show scars from the removal, and since I will be cremated, who will complain about an imperfect body?
Just think - it is not my dead body's loss. It is my life extension. I will have saved another life. That is not a bad last hurrah.
Enforcing law would save money
The Brookfield proposal to raise parking and utility fees to correct the budget shortfall does not set well with me. Let me explain why.
Two years ago I met with Village Manager Dave Owen and Director of Public Works Bill Brandt to discuss the violation of the village ordinance, Chapter 24: Streets and Sidewalks, Article 1, Section 24-1, which forbids putting snow from driveways and parking areas on village sidewalks. This has been done for years by many businesses here in Brookfield, and instead of writing tickets the village has spent thousands of dollars to haul the 5- and 6-foot piles of snow that are left illegally on sidewalks.
According to the Freedom of Information request I submitted, this year the cost of cleaning away those illegal piles of snow was $19,386, which seems low for all the personnel and equipment that I observed being used to clean up all that snow.
At the meeting I had with Owen and Brandt, they promised me they would notify all the businesses here in Brookfield about the ordinance. It never happened. Whoever authorized that removal of those illegal piles of snow should be given his walking papers.
Henninger site needs imagination
The revised design offered for the Henninger site can be summed up in one word: pathetic. Now we are being offered what can only be charitably described as a warehouse with dormers. It is becoming obvious that the developers and their architects are quickly switching to a hit-and-run approach to load the biggest, cheapest and least innovative structure they can get onto the site. Attempting to ape a quasi-historic design and do it for short money is now the game.
The design is bad enough, but adding the concept of having an exit drive into Longcommon only for right turns will create a traffic fiasco that will cause cars to attempt to loop around the triangle parks to get back into town - right in front of Central School with its already difficult traffic situation.
Why is it necessary to strive to achieve some faux historical structure? Wouldn't it be better to have something more interesing, genuine and in scale with the surroundings? I hate to repeat myself, but the developers might look at the Tree Studios building on State Street or the studio structures on Burton Place that my wife's uncle Sol Kogen built back in the 30s for inspiration. Why not try and create a world class piece of architecture for a world class environment? Maybe the Hundertwasser house in Vienna would be a model that coupld be looked at for inspiration.
That site should have a building that brings credit to the developers and the village. Building this travesty on that important site would bring only everlasting shame on the developers and those who approve it. It's time to bring in some imagination.