We, the Committee to Recall the Mayor [of Crawford], wish to state the following:
1. Our tax dollars are already being spent to purchase speed limit signs, so that when a court is created, enforcement can begin immediately ... when the cop happens to be in town.
Traffic calming is a one-time expense that slows vehicles 24 hours a day, without bringing police, judges and lawyers to our town. Done properly, with flower beds, trees and subtle barricades, traffic calming also improves the view and property value of almost every homeowner in town.
2. Traffic calming would also begin to address some of the flooding problems many of us deal with during spring melt and summer monsoons.
Our council, after public outcry, instituted a flood plan, then started laying pavement at the top of two streets in town, I Street and Greenwood Street. No thought was given to drainage, overflow diversions, mud control or debris gates. Two members of the Committee to Recall the Mayor experienced drastically increased mudflows this summer, toward our homes, due to the new pavement on I Street. Mold and mildew are IMMEDIATE health concerns.
3. No court of law is needed to deal with dogs.
Anti-bark devices placed throughout town would deal with the noise; again, one-time expense, not thousands or tens of thousands of dollars a year.
The town fines home-owners for excessive weeds; do so for aggressive dogs. No need to pay for police, judges, lawyers, clerks, servers ...
4. Public town council meetings are not an appropriate venue for elected representatives to launch made-up personal attacks against voting taxpaying constituents.
5. At this point, certain elected representatives act so inappropriately that we as homeowners are not spending our money to improve our property. We have spent our money to retain an attorney simply to have our concerns heard, understood and, in a perfect world, maybe addressed.
to Recall the Mayor