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Published: Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014 5:30 a.m. CST

To the Editor:

In July 2013, Nunda Township Highway Commissioner Mike Lesperance began easement work on Garden Lane and Running Iron Drive in violation of two county ordinances by diverting the direction of stormwater runoff and creating dangerous culverts.

Mr. Lesperance failed to secure the required permits from the county before beginning this work, and no engineering was conducted to see whether the major modifications he was making would help ease neighborhood flooding problems.

Now, over a year later, Mr. Lesperance has spent in excess of $11,000 of Nunda taxpayers’ money to fight the county, simply because Mr. Lesperance refuses to comply with county ordinances.

If you are fed up with local officials wasting our money because of their lack of understanding of the term “fiscal responsibility,” then call the Nunda Highway Department and tell them enough is enough. Nothing will change until ordinary citizens stand up for their rights and actually take action.

Once a trial date is set for Mr. Lesperance’s ditch work, or “Mike’s Moat” as it is now called, watch how quickly this $11,000 of your money becomes mere pocket change in regard to what he spends on attorney fees.

Douglas Mann

Crystal Lake

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