I recently read a letter to the editor that I feel needs to be addressed by someone who supports dissolution of Brady Lake Village and/or Township.
The writer quoted Plato as saying "If people refuse to get involved in politics, their inferiors will inevitably govern them." This is true, and actually what has happened in Brady Lake Village. But it is not that people did not get involved, it was that people who had issues, thoughts or ideas that did not agree with theirs were ignored and some were literally run off.
It seems to some that the village officials' main concern was themselves, their families and friends' well-being, benefits and comforts.
These are some issues which I have concern with:
1. This is unchartered territory. However, if one refers to the Ohio Revised Code, a township cannot be less than 22 square miles. Brady Lake Village is not even on square mile.
2. The assets can be sold off to pay the debt, as Brady Lake officials are doing with the sale of trees and now the park formerly known as Carson's Park. The residents were not given the opportunity to vote on that decision. Some let their feelings be known but were again ignored.
3. I noticed that the sale of Village Hall was not mentioned. Actuall,y many feel that it should never have been purchased. We could not afford it at that time as well as now. TYe old Village Hall was perfectly suitable.
4. As far as fire protection, when village residents call and report an emergency, we inevitably get Kent City or Ravenna Township assistance. Brady Lake may eventually show up. It is not their fault; they have tried but it appears that they may have been ignored by the village officials also.
5. Police protection. Is the writer referring to the over abundance of police working various hours to keep their police commissions at our expense, and a sometimes visible chief? The chief is the only one who is actually paid, however, we pay for three cars, fuel, high-risk insurance and vehicle maintenance.
6. As far as there won't be any money at all, there is none now for anything the residents need. We are always told "No.No streets will be fixed, the lake overflow will not be fixed, and on and on, issues too numerous to mention, including issues that affect our neighbors in Franklin Township.
7. Anyone can go to the state auditor's website and view the last audit. It is very interesting and informative. Please note the Auditor's Office opinion -- Brady Lake needs to do something, there just is not enough money.
8. Who got us into the unmanageable debt we are in?
I believe that if the officials cared about the residents, they would be doing what we are trying to do. I do not claim to know all of the answers, but I do know that Brady Lake cannot survive as it is now. The residents and taxpayers deserve better!
Laurel Archer, Brady Lake
What's sad and the future for most of America? People watching how their governments operate to the point of expending their time, effort and resources to dissolve a public entity that is not functioning for the residents; or public officials who fail to follow policies, procedures and law while diverting funds to themselves, friends or family members?
Every elected official (on all levels of government) have tremendous power in their ability to appoint, hire and give contracts. We the People have the ability, and need to watch how they conduct the business of the government entity by attending meetings and reviewing records.
I'm not a BLV resident so do not get to vote YES on Issue 10 to dissolve Brady Lake Village.
This is sad but unfortunately it is the future for most of America.