This is Unacceptable
July 24, 2015
I have to admit that I’ve been
disappointed by the “Letters To The Editor” we received over the past month
regarding the way some Village staff members seem to be treating the public
at the marina. What has concerned me most is the way some Village Board
members, and some residents, dismissed these letters because they were
written by non-residents as if the opinions and experiences of non-residents
Bottom line... The attitude of ALL Village staff members and our elected
officials should be, “How can I help you?” when dealing with the public. It
doesn’t matter if the person is a resident or not. The attitude should be,
“How can I help you?” The actions of these staff members have reflected
negatively on everyone who lives in the Village.
However, that isn’t the reason for this Editorial. Starting around the
beginning of July, I noticed that the bathrooms at the marina were a mess.
Frankly, they were disgusting.
On Sunday, July 12th, I visited the marina with my family and some guests.
There’s no other way to put it... The marina was a pigsty as you can see
from the photo I took. Garbage cans were overflowing, garbage was all over
the ground and the bathrooms were out of order.
In the ensuing weeks, I continued
to keep an eye on the two bathrooms at the marina, but I didn’t say anything
then. I knew we had many new staff members this year and I thought it fair
to give them some time to “learn the ropes,” but now a pattern seems to be
developing and it needs to be stopped, NOW!
Rather than literally cleaning up their act, the Village has simply locked
the doors to the marina bathrooms and expects everyone to use Porta-Potties
instead. First, Porta-Potties are not a solution. They are a day or two
temporary fix, but now, THE PORTA-POTTIES ARE FILTHY AND DISGUSTING! When we
mentioned this to a Dock Guard, his response was, “Oh really? I’ll have to
take a look” as if he was totally unaware of what had been going on for
Under Mayor Trotta, Mayor Pate, and Mayor Veitch, this would have never been
tolerated. If a large event was held at the marina on Saturday evening, or
anywhere else in the Village for that matter, by Sunday morning you wouldn’t
have known that anyone had been there. Everything would have been cleaned up
and put away.
I’m not interested in excuses. It’s time for the Village Board to fix this
and start treating the Village like the jewel it is. Fix it NOW!
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