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The following e-mail was sent Tuesday from Christopher and Beth Mantoan of
When I returned from work today, we had this wonderful surprise in our front lawn.
We are hoping that included in the highly-discussed budget that was passed, allowing the almost- $1 million fiber optic project to move forward, was money to reimburse our family for a new front lawn (professionally seeded and re-graded, not a 20-minute patch job) and for the first application of our lawn care service that also occurred today. We realize this may (and I'm being generous) be Franklin's property, but Franklin did not install, nor pay for, our professional landscaping job 7 years ago, nor does Franklin water or mow our lawn, or take care of the general upkeep of our yard.
We would have appreciated some notice, as we could have at least prevented the lawn care service from coming out today. We would appreciate this monstrosity removed from our front lawn immediately and a written letter stating all reimbursements as requested above will be made from the
We are appalled after paying over $8000 in taxes this past year this would be allowed to happen.
Please contact us to discuss prompt resolution of this matter.
Christopher and Beth Mantoan
Alderman Olson replied:
I'm sorry for the trouble that you and others are experiencing with this project.
Be aware that this project is being paid for and run by the
I'll be happy to help in any way but at this point suggest that you address your immediate concerns to your school board members and the district administration.
The City of
Olson got a phone call Wednesday night from a very angry former
Lawns are being ripped up and destroyed and power is being cut off and to make matters worse, no
$800,000 and not a single penny to send out a letter, e-mail, or telephone call warning of the impending destruction.
This is not a city endeavor. This is a
To complain, call the school board members. (Note the quote from Board Member Janet Evans:
"In order for success to be realized, open communication between citizens, the Board, and the administration is essential"). Also call Superintendent Steve Patz. Given their record of complete lack of concern for taxpayers, I can't wait to hear their cockamamie excuse for this major blunder.