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Letter: Getting things off his chest

The last thing this town needs is another bar, bank, pizza place, hair cuttery—too many of the same thing here.

What the village really needs to do is attract something useful to the area, and for years I have been saying, “Let’s get a hardware store.” I really don’t care what it is, just get one.

I’m getting darn tired of having to drive to St. Charles or Batavia for a box of screws, lumber, nails and so on. I have talked to many others that would also like a hardware store.

It’s a darn shame the Northern FS went under and Ace didn’t step in. Then they tear it down and build another bank! How many banks or bars does a small town need?

We need something more useful in this town than more bars and banks and pizza places, and a hardware store would be just wonderful.

We also need something for these kids to do, but nothing ever came from this, either.

I have been wondering why we have none of the following: skate park, community pool, park district?

Summer is here, and kids roam all over the place with nothing to do except roam up and down the streets. Is it their fault? Not really.

There are no jobs in this town for them to apply at.

Then there’s the roads on the south side, and that horrible train crossing with the big, deep dip at South First Street—I was wondering where to send the bill for my broken front-end suspension repairs for my car—to Elburn or the Union Pacific Railroad? I’d say Elburn, as U.P. already told me it wasn’t their problem.

Then there’s the police force—why the heck do we need SUV’s to write tickets in? Is it maybe to give yuppie violators a more comfortable ride to jail? I see no need for them. They suck gas, and how many tickets do we have to write up to pay for them and the fuel they use? Taxes are high enough already.

Heck, you have to call 911 to file a complaint to say a dog is crapping in your yard or something that petty, and when the cops do get there from whatever gas station they have been sitting at, Kane County comes with them, seeing as they have no jurisdiction half the time in parts of this town, so half of the arrests can be made by bicycle, saving the tax payers a ton of money—looks like half the force could use some exercise anyway. Get rid of the SUV’s! We don’t need them!

Looking at all the vehicles at the police station, you would think you were in a town as big as St. Charles, and with that said, we could probably use a 24-hour on-call person to answer the phone at the police station when there are minor disturbances, instead of driving the 911 dispatch nuts with non-emergency calls.

This town has issues, and they need to be addressed. Let’s see what the new village government can do—I’ll give you some time to adjust first.

It would be nice if there was an e-mail address for the new mayor to address concerns. As of last week, there was nothing.

It’s been a while since I’ve written and had to get some of this off my chest—and I’m sure this won’t be the last time, either.

There is plenty I have to say, but enough for now.

Joe Gallagher