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NM Residents Air Complaints
By Melinda Darrow

Several Peck Hill neighbors attended the June 3 New Milford Borough meeting to air their grievances in a public forum. Their complaints surrounded the activities of one resident who, they alleged, rented substandard shacks to occupants, stockpiled garbage, created his own roads, and altered existing roads and landscaping in a manner which caused flooding below. It was reported that he drove up the hill at excessive speeds, and those present inquired as to what the speed limit on that road was. When it was answered that, unless posted otherwise, it would revert to the standard 35 miles per hour, one woman related an anecdote of this particular man claiming he couldn't make it up the hill at that reduced speed. Certain of his tenants, some of whom allegedly live in sheds officially termed storage, also exceed the speed limit, allow their dogs to run wild, and greet their neighbors with flagrant disrespect and profanity. The visitors expressed concern over the children in the area, over the safety of their pets, over the lack of running water and sewage hookups in the residences, and over the large amounts of water running down the hill due to the filling in of diversion ditches, etcetera. They suggested several remediation strategies: that a cop patrol up there more frequently, that speed limit signs be posted, that private owners of half of the abandoned road fence it off, etc. They wondered why he didn't get in trouble.

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Great Bend Borough Celebrates
By Ted Brewster

Among other things, the Great Bend Borough Council meeting on June 3 was about celebrations and sewers. The little town is looking forward to a major event to celebrate the 150th anniversary of its official establishment. “Great Bend Days” will take place on Friday and Saturday, July 16-17, is being organized by the Great Bend Fire Company, and will feature a parade on Saturday evening, beginning at 8 o’clock, followed by fireworks. Fireman and Council member Mike VanGorden said that the Fire Company will be organizing a “bucket brigade” starting about noon on Saturday. He is also urging residents with any historical memorabilia to contact him or his wife.

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