Dear Mr. Bently:
You have obviously had a problem with the permitting process in Harrison.
Despite your pleas to the contrary, it does exist to serve the public by channeling various projects in a safe and pleasing aesthetic.
True, it is your property and within reason you have the right to do anything with it you want with one big caveat;
You can’t infringe on the rights of those occupying the property around you.
Most building codes are there to insure that projects above a certain size are constructed properly with an eye toward safety.
If you were allowed to put up any kind of a lean-to that your heart desired, it would probably be only a matter of time before other city employees would be extricating you from the wreckage.
In all application and permitting processes, a certain amount of time is going to pass.
You can’t jump out of bed on a Saturday morning and decide, I’m going to build a deck today.
Lack of planning on your part does not create an emergency on our part.
As to putting the blast on the politicians, it is important for you and other like-minded individuals to understand that most of us “politicians” aren’t here for the money or the power.
In small cities such as Harrison, many civic-minded individuals step forward to serve their fellow citizens.
But it gets harder and harder to find folks willing to step up.
Witness the last council election: four running for four seats.
If you feel that strongly that you are being wronged by the current crop, I look forward to seeing your name on the ballot in the future. But be careful of what you wish for.
Many a newly elected official has come along during my tenure and they all have an idea, that is until they get on the other side of the table and find out that what they felt was a good notion to their surprise had been thought of by former seat holders and the flaws in those ideas exposed.
As to “thinking out of the box,” I am going to take issue with your quick fix on the recycling setup in effect.
You aren’t the first individual to suggest another dumpster or having them emptied more times per week, which you would have known had you chosen to ask somebody involved rather than just spewing your bile in print.
For the record, I take great pride in trying to maintain a recycling drop off site to supplement the curbside residential efforts.
I too get frustrated when I have individuals finding the dumpsters full, casually tossing their crap on the ground. I have gone after some of the offenders if we can identify the culprits.
As to adding a dumpster or more pickups, that costs money. An additional pickup per week would raise costs by 50 percent. Another dumpster, 25 percent.
We are fast getting to the point where the cost effective move would be to discontinue the service.
We shouldn’t have to do that if everyone would realize that recycling properly takes some effort.
It isn’t just loading up on Sunday night and chucking the stuff on the ground.
Recycle the proper items. Styrofoam ain’t one of them. Break down your cardboard boxes. Saves room. Thinking outside the box would be to create a black hole inside the dumpster so that no matter how much stuff you shove into it, it never gets full.
Jim Robertson is a longtime Harrison resident, a member of Harrison City Council, and a weekly columnist for The Harrison Press.