by Lisa Tome
Brenda Maynard believes that town officials look down on her neighborhood.
Maynard, who lives in Valley View Village, made that clear when she presented several issues to town officials last week.
Maynard said that in 2005-06, new sidewalks were put into the town home complex. She said "within three months they were messed up and still not fixed."
She also said that town officials think that Valley View is "the scum of the town". She said that parking lines haven't been painted and water is eroding her yard.
"I'm sorry we haven't gotten out there and done anything. Every time we turn around we have another catastrophe due to shoddy work," said Rising Sun town commissioner Allen Authenreath. Maynard told him this issue is 12-13 years old.
"Hopefully, during my time here, we can get it resolved," said Authenreath.
William Barr, who also lives in Valley View, said notices were placed at homes in Valley View warning residents regarding trash can removal. Barr said he is handicapped and can't take his trash can to the back yard. Authenreath told him that the notices for Valley View were generated following complaints by those in wheelchairs who can't navigate the sidewalks due to the trash cans. Trash cans have also been left in parking spots.
"This is getting out of context. We get a ton of complaints from Valley View residents by Valley View residents. We can't have blocked sidewalks or parking spaces by trash cans," said town administrator Calvin Bonenberger. "A lot of people were angry. All the notice said was (trash cans) not allowed in parking spaces or on the sidewalk."
Barr said his trash can has been sitting on his sidewalk for 37 years.
Bonenberger said that town officials will gladly meet with Valley View residents to work out problems. Maynard said the residents don't want to "get involved."
Barr's other issue is that residents in Valley View had to pay half the cost for sidewalk work. Now, the town does not charge residents when they make repairs. Barr wants his money back.
"At that time, that's how the town paid for sidewalk repairs," said Bonenberger.
"We give you money and you do away with the law," said Barr. "You change the law to suit yourselves."
Barr then said officials are "crooked. And it all starts in town hall."
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