Regarding a recent Observer article about tree removal in Fayette, I do agree some trees need to come down immediately. I also agree, since the sidewalk issue was not very well orchestrated, some roots need ground off so citizens can finish the sidewalks. My “no” vote was in regards to taking money from the already underfunded street fund to cover tree removal which the village knew was an issue several years ago. Proper planning goes a long ways. If we would have removed several of these bad trees per year, we could have had them all removed without depleting any fund.
I asked council to look at removing the worst trees this year and in subsequent years remove more so we did not short this fund. They voted to remove them all at one time and deplete the already meager fund.
Now we will have to underfund the street department for the next eight years to pay this off. This on a project that did not make the top five most important list as streets did.
We need to be responsible and have better foresight with issues and with money. When money gets this tight, we need to prioritize. We have over $4 million worth of streets in Fayette, second only in sewer lines in cost, yet we skip maintaining them. Not spending a little now to spend a lot later will get a “no” vote from me every time.
- Tom Molitierno, council member
Main Street, Fayette