As our downtown improvements progress with 37/62 work and streestscape upgrades, there have been and will be disruptions to traffic, which we have all experienced, which are also disruptions to our local businesses.

As our downtown improvements progress with 37/62 work and streestscape upgrades, there have been and will be disruptions to traffic, which we have all experienced, which are also disruptions to our local businesses.

At times it is going to be downright inconvenient to patronize our downtown establishments, and especially in the economy we are in, that can have a significant negative effect on businesses, their employees, and their families.

If we could be deliberate about making that extra trip downtown, park in the businessmenís lot or elsewhere that is close, grab breakfast or lunch, get a haircut, buy that piece of hardware or lawn waste bags, or any number of other things we need but might be tempted to drive farther for, our local entrepreneurs can make it through this temporary inconvenient time so that they are there to serve us when the improvements are in place.

Water is being backed up on over half of my property. This problem needs attention badly.

Iíve had a serious water problem now for several years, and Iíve been trying to get help with it all those years. Iíve tried with the Soil and Water Conservation District and talked in a home meeting with village manager Jim Lenner. Also, Iíve had conversations with Jim Liggett, all without answers or action to solve or help this problem.

The Soil and Water people were out to my home once to look. I went to the Engineerís Office in Newark, as well as several other offices. They listen, shake their heads, shake my hand, and tell me they canít help.

I ask, ďWhat do you suggest I do?Ē They make no suggestions, none. I had no offers of help, or a try, or no permanent fixes, nothing. No action whatsoever. I showed pictures of the water to them. I do not need a lot of guessing or words. I need action.

This is serious to my whole life. Over half of my property is in water, or lays in water. I feel itís a job for Soil and Water to find out why. Iím no engineer, so I feel itís up to them to solve this problem and time for action. The mosquitoes, bugs, etc. are so terrible. I had a very nice vegetable garden; the water destroyed it all. But I still get a large property tax to pay on time.

This older person needs attention, action to complete this headache and heartache. This is an ongoing problem. My next stop or try is to offices in Washington, D.C. Something is wrong, and Soil and Water needs to make the effort to find out why.