Peoples Column

Pothole makes

for rough visit

Editor, OBSERVER:

On April 2, after attending Lenten church services and visiting in Dunkirk, on my way home to Hamburg, I hit a pothole which I like to describe as a “crater” at Lake Shore Drive and Main Street.

Extensive damage was done to my vehicle along with a flat tire and a very damaged rim. I filed a police report that evening after having Ellman’s Garage replace my tire with my spare with a warning to not travel very far on the spare.

On April 6, I returned to Dunkirk to file a “notice of claim” with the city for damage only for the tire which could not be repaired and the rim which was temporarily repaired until I came up with an addition $700 for a new rim which is what I need. My claim to the City was for $371.66.

On May 2, I came to town again to attend a council meeting to ask that my claim for damages be considered. The claim was sent to Selective Insurance Co. of America which apparently insures the city.

It was determined that I have no claim by a representative who says she “investigated and evaluated the circumstances surrounding the incident and believes she had sufficient information at the time to make a proper decision regarding this claim” that is, it was just a pothole.

Really, a pothole that had been there for several weeks and on the evening of my incident a police officer told me he put a cone in it to warn others since several people had experienced damage including on the night of April 2.

Not only is rejection of payment for this “incident” unacceptable, I wrote to Mayor Willie Rosas and Councilman Don Williams to please revisit my claim because of the hardship it has caused me financially, they nor the representative had the courtesy to answer my me.

I am not only dismayed, but disappointed in “politics as usual” in your city. I know there were other claims, I wonder if the “local citizens” claims got paid.

SANDRA MARCIN,

Hamburg

Funds spark

village display

Editor, OBSERVER:

The mayor, Village Board and residents wish to express our appreciation and extend a heartfelt THANK YOU to the following for their support in donations toward our Fourth of July fireworks display. With their assistance our display was even more spectacular!

Thank you to: Food King, AMVETS Post 6472, Silver Lodge 757, F.&A.M. , United Steel Workers of America, Donna Hartnett & Andrew Radack, Smith’s True Value, Sandra Lindstrom, 113 Main Street Associates, People Inc. and The Firemen’s Association.

NICK PICOLO,

Silver Creek mayor

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