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Letters to the Editor for the week of Dec. 27, 2012

Koenig seeks another term on planning board

Editor, The Sun

Over the past 25 years I have had the honor and privilege to have served the residents of the Town of Hamburg on the Planning Board, sometimes as a member, sometimes as secretary and five years as chairman. I am proud to say that I have never missed a meeting in that entire 25 years. It has been a wonderful thing to be associated with so many people past and present, who also have served on the planning board that are so dedicated in their service to the town. The town is lucky to have Andrew Reilly and Sarah desJardins, guiding the town planners, so that we make the right decisions for the town.

With that said, I am not ready to finish my service to the Town of Hamburg. Since my service is ending at the end of 2012, I would like to be reappointed to another term.

Gerard J. Koenig


Dissapointed in Forest Fisher’s response Dec. 20

Editor, The Sun

As a hunter and outdoorsman, I look forward to and enjoy Forest Fisher’s weekly columns in The Sun.

I was, however, very disappointed in his response, in the Dec. 20 Sun, to the Newtown, Conn., rragedy.

Mr. Fisher apparently believes that the country’s response should lie solely in the areas of mental health assessment and in changes to our culture. “Guns don’t shoot themselves.”

Never mind that it is possible to purchase assault style weapons capable of firing 50 rounds in a few seconds and that this military-style firepower can decimate classrooms of 6-year-olds.

This attitude reveals an astounding and shameful bias.

Richard Swank


Town of Evans is like The Grinch who Stole Xmas

Editor, The Sun

The Town of Evans has been trying to turn the operation of the water distribution system over to the Erie County Water Authority. This process began sometime in 1998 or possibly late 1997. This “turn over” involves upgrades to the present Evans Water Distribution System dictated by the Erie County Water Authority before they will accept it.

The project is over three years behind schedule and 67 percent over budget, $9,700,000 to $16,300,000. The town has to again borrow additional funds. They need to borrow an additional $3 million. The state says you must hold a public hearing before borrowing additional funds. To improve the chances of one coming to a public hearing, the town scheduled it for the holiday week between Christmas and New Year’s.

I understand waterline installation and storage tank locating. So I, and another engineer in town, have been submitting recommendations to save over $100,000 on this project. The town board has not had the courtesy to comment on our proposals. Why not? Too much savings? We question the ability of the town engineer? We are correct and they don’t want to admit it?

What is the rush to have a public hearing on Dec. 27, 2012? So instead of Christmas shopping, decorating, etc., I have been spending time fine tuning questions for the hearing. They will hear the questions, but I don’t expect any real answers.

As in any municipal project, there are winners and losers. In this case the losers are the ratepayers because we’ll be spending at least $16,300,000, and the water rates will stay the same or increase. They have increased twice since we were told they would not at all.

The winners are the bond council and the bond holders, as the town goes back and borrows more. And the town engineering firm who drags the project out a few more years.

Edward J. Conboy, Jr.



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