When an editor at Crotonblog nearly stepped in an enormous pile of dog excrement last Saturday, March 7, in front of the now-shuttered Italian restaurant on South Riverside Avenue, we realized that tutto wasn’t so bene. So we made a mental note of its presence. Imagine our surprise to discover this morning that the indelicate pile has been an impediment to pedestrian progress for five days now. Unlucky pedestrians have stepped in it and have our sympathies. Portions of this dung pile have gotten a foothold and have been carried all over Croton.
March 7, 2009, Day 1
March 11, 2009, Day 5
We know that it’s the responsibility of dog owners to clean up after their animals. We know that it’s the responsibility of property owners to keep their sidewalks safe, clean and free of debris. We also know that except for the fire and police departments, Village government shuts down over the weekend. And when a property owner fails to comply, come Monday, that’s when the village’s code enforcement officer is supposed to take action to deter a repeat offense. Under Mayor Schmidt’s management, that does not happen.
In Mayor Schmidt’s Croton, nothing is ever done to make the Village look clean and tidy even though there are vacant stores everywhere. A do-nothing mayor presides over a village that in highly trafficked places looks shabby, unkempt and neglected. Yes, we said neglected. The mayor, a notorious hot-head, neglects to protect residents from irresponsible landlords by failing to direct Croton’s highly-paid village manager to enforce its ordinances.
The dumpy appearance of Croton decreases our property values. Then, taxes go up as the value of our homes go down. Next, services are cut to give the appearance of keeping taxes low. And where ever he can, Shifty-Schmidty imposes increasing fees on every kind of Crotonite activity. Yet his lax government ignores the opportunity to gain revenue from fines resulting from code violations.
P.S. An editor of Crotonblog was stalked by two self-appointed guardians of the public weal (definition) in an automobile with NY license plate DVE-9771 who was reporting over a cell phone on our presence and interest in the excrement. Both are members of the Croton fire department.