If you haven’t strolled down the west end of Main Street recentlyâ€”or more precisely, prior to Tuesday, September 5thâ€”you may not want to take that trip for another twenty years or so. Yesterday our City fathers and mothers presided over a Class A hack job and cut down all the mature trees on the west end of the street.
While it’s not clear exactly what the rationale for the tree cutting wasâ€”disease, sidewalk heave, stupidityâ€”an email to current Ward 4 Councilman, and mayoral candidate, Steve Gold resulted in the following exchange:
“I am not the Mayor. If I was I would have handled it differently. I would have tried special sidewalk treatment around those trees and only removed them when there was no other choice. For now I have done all I could do.”
I looked into this very carefully. I wrote a resolution on the matter that prevented the city from removing healthy trees. I was promised by the Mayor and I called Zep this morning to confirm it. Only trees that are diseased, dying or have have heaved up the sidewalk were removed.
I am not the Mayor. If I was I would have handled it differently. I would have tried special sidewalk treatment around those trees and only removed them when there was no other choice. For now I have done all I could do.
Do I believe that every tree that is being removed has heaved up the sidewalk…as I was told. NO!
Just please help me to get elected so that we can have a Mayor who really cares about this stuff and not just talks about it. And that applies to ATVs also.
The email’s obvious self promotion aside, it’s pretty clear that no one on the City Councilâ€”from the Mayor and Administrator right on down to the Ward Councilmen/womenâ€”had a clue as to what it was that they were presiding over. (Which may well be the status quo for the City of Beacon) And resolutions, as we’re all aware, are no more than a way to wrap a halo around your head while still allowing you to sit on your hands and do nothing.
To his credit Steve is the only councilperson who has responded to me and in a subsequent email he stated that, after going down to see what was done to the trees, he was very sad. Unfortunately his sadness can in no way make up for the damage that was done.
Emails to Lee Kyriacou remain unanswered. Other emails are on their way to the rest of the council.
I have stated on many occasions that Party, on a local level, means absolutely nothing. Voting for the party instead of the person makes no sense whatsoever when you’re talking about a small community.
In short, our faith in a new political future has given us a confederacy of dunces.
I have stated on many occasions that Party, on a local level, means absolutely nothing. Voting for the party instead of the person makes no sense whatsoever when you’re talking about a small community. At present, with the exception of the Mayor, we have a City Council that is made up entirely of Democrats. Democrats who, it should be noted, ran on a platform that promised change in our City government, a careful consideration of how to make changes, and a focus on what’s best for the City. What we’ve gotten is the same old bureaucratic B.S. masquerading as leadership and inattentiveness and self promotion parading around as good government. In short, our faith in a new political future has given us a confederacy of dunces.
If you don’t like what you see, come November, every incumbent on the ballot, no matter what seat they’re running for or what party they’re in, should be voted out of office. Tonight, there’s a debate between the two mayoral candidates at the Memorial Building. Come, voice your opinion, and then, throw the incumbents out.