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home : opinions : letters to the editor   April 30, 2016

3/16/2013 8:57:00 AM
Letters tp the editor: Valley voters should retain Banks as mayor

At one time there was a newspaper in Spring Valley named “The Spring Valley Gazette.” It had an editor who was Mike Bender and his featured article was “My glasses may be dusty — but as I see it.” The following is as I see it.
I have lived in Spring Valley for over 86 years and I have seen it evolve into what it is today. At one time in our past everyone who ran for public office did so because of a sense of public duty and a desire to improve our city. Many of the older citizens have fond memories of some of our excellent public servants. One alderman who I will never forget is Gus Surr who every Christmas went to many of the homes in Spring Valley at Christmas purely for the enjoyment of the children. His only thought was that he was proud of Spring Valley and tried to make it a better place to live in.
Under the previous mayor, the mayor and aldermen voted themselves a raise. So for four years the mayor has been receiving $12,000 every year while the aldermen are receiving $500 per month. The mayor has made it a practice of donating $5,000 per year back to the city while the aldermen donate nothing.
When the last street improvement program was initiated there were priorities set but never followed because some aldermen demanded to have improvements on the streets and sidewalks by their homes. Does the street and sidewalk by your home need improvement? Because of the shifting of priorities many needed repairs were never completed. Because of the excessive burden of salaries our sewers and water system were never improved. The city council also brought in another engineering firm so we now have two to do the work formerly done by one. This is a typical example of throwing away good money.
If this council would put as much time and energy into working with the mayor instead of pursuing personal animosities much more could be accomplished. We need new faces on the council and it is imperative that we retain the present mayor who works for the best interest of Spring Valley and its citizens.
Samuel H. Abraham
Spring Valley

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