The Daily Star
---- — Vote Republican in Sidney races
The Sidney town board members (two of which, Pete Cordes and William Heath, are running for election) have decided to downsize our highway department by four employees. The two night crew and two daytime employees have been terminated. The highway department has been the same size for more than 30 years and we have benefited greatly and been able to travel safely.
Your personal safety and that of your children may be jeopardized. Winter months are approaching.
Climatologists warn that this winter may be quite harsh in the Northeast. Is this the time to downsize the highway department and make for more risk in going to and from work, shopping and other needs along with delays in getting children to and from school on the bus? The school delays alone will cause less state aid, make the school days extend and cost the taxpayer more money.
These men are also taxpayers in the community and contribute their monies by buying locally. Money they earn by your taxes.
The daytime employees also did most of the truck and machinery repair which will now be sent out at an additional expense to you, the taxpayer.
Yet ... the town bookkeeping services received an increase in pay, along with the maintenance department at The Hospital. The East Sidney Dam was also allowed additional expenses.
Is this responsible decision-making? I don’t think so.
In order to promote growth and sustainability in our township, good infrastructure and decision-making must be imperative.
Everyone uses our roads. We all benefit from our roads being taken care of. Are these sound decisions you want carried forward for the next four years?
I urge you to get out and vote Republican on Nov. 5. — supervisor, Eugene Pigford, town council, John Woodyshek and Jody Proffitt.
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