Letter to the editor: Questions for the Norwalk Village Board

By CHRIS GOUGH | Town of Ridgeville

After reading the article, “Norwalk rejects a range of expenditures,” I was left with a few questions. Madonna Johnson, why do you think an officer of the law, whose job it is to serve and protect, even you, should have to pay for a vest that would save his life, God forbid? It should be a no-brainer when it comes to Chief Jones’ safety. Perhaps our board members should wear a bulletproof vest for an afternoon, the 20-pounds-heavier one. Shocking is the only word that keeps coming to mind.

Speaking of safety, new tires for the garbage truck was also an issue. We all know what happens when a tire blows. Where is your concern for the men who drive the truck and pick up your garbage? What do you imagine will happen if they blow a tire between Norwalk and the dump?

Living in a small town has advantages and disadvantages; we all know everyone’s business. Sometimes this is good; others, not so much. That said, most of us know the animosity between board member Madonna Johnson and Jon Muehlenkamp. Why then, Ms. Johnson, did you not recuse yourself from the voting over bank restoration? Seems to me this is what is called a conflict of interest. The job you hold as an elected official is for the people, not just your agenda.

It looks to me this was a meeting with quite the task list, yet three members were absent. That is significant. You are responsible for showing up to meetings, and I would think all of you get an agenda beforehand. If you don’t, you should.

I may not be able to vote for the village, but I do pay taxes with limited benefits. I will use my voice instead of my vote. I encourage the board members to take their positions as elected officials earnestly and work together with the people who call this town home. We need a village that is safe for our families and employees. A town that takes some responsibility and cleans up the mess, and makes our public areas safe for everyone. A place that grows and encourages a healthy development and acceptance of all.

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