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Time for a change in Sycamore's 1st Ward

PETER BARICK

Editor: Bookmark this: Sycamore may not survive unscathed for four more years of development-as-usual that the present city hall gang has engineered - and 1st Ward Alderwoman Cheryl Maness has been a flag bearer for that vainglorious parade of residential developments. Voters should pause to ask: &#8220What was she thinking”? That pace of growth already has tangible costs. Our schools are near capacity and in need of more rooms and teachers. Our city roads are showing wear from the many large construction vehicles using them daily; they need more attention than quick patching. Older, hazardous sidewalks are being replaced at a turtle's pace. The incumbent has served what amounts to a political lifetime in office. In that span she was consistently generous in support of annexations and developers that many opposed as excessive. You may have been one who supported the slow- growth referendum, or now wish you had. Here is an opportunity to switch the horse now pulling the builders' wagons to one more willing to conservatively guide the family surrey in attending to other town matters. Rich Neubauer, a Main Street family man not tied to city hall's mega expansion appetite, is committed to try. Now is the time to change the council's direction. It's our town, not a play lot for developers! First Ward voters can't stop Alderwoman Maness' tune for growth, growth, more growth - but they can replace the broken record. A vote for change - a vote for a more concerned candidate - will strike a blow to the fat development monkey on Sycamore's back. Our choice is a good one: Neubauer. PETER BARICK Sycamore

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