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Rick Brueckmann April 16, 2014 at 06:24 am
Why don't we have an individual choice of disposal companies ? WM is not the best and they are notRead More senior friendly. We put very little garbage out sporadically and they won't give us much of a break. They're not the best or most proficient either. Sorry, just our frustration of past dealings with WM.
Daniel April 17, 2014 at 09:32 am
McCloud, you continually demonstrate your ignorance. There is no sense even talking to you when youRead More show no evidence of basic intelligence or knowledge.
Max Smart April 17, 2014 at 09:39 am
Obviously, someone else is paying Geri's healthcare costs. Go figure. Sounds like the life a retiredRead More commie professor.
Max Smart April 17, 2014 at 09:41 am
"McCloud, you continually demonstrate your ignorance. There is no sense even talking to youRead More when you show no evidence of basic intelligence or knowledge. " I love how liberals are speechless when confronted with facts.
jack hess April 4, 2014 at 10:33 am
Every State should pass this law. It would hopefully put these dirtbags out of business.
LB April 4, 2014 at 11:08 am
I dont think a $500 fine is going to stop many of those business owners. What are their chances ofRead More actually getting caught? However, I fully support this and wish that every state would pass it too.
Edward Andrysiak April 4, 2014 at 11:58 am
Intent seems ok but the definition of "puppy mill' is important. Example; a person wanting aRead More hunting dog, say an English Pointer, is likely not going to find one in a shelter. So, special use dogs will be bred "somewhere" for sale to prospective buyers. In some cases the breeder may be out of State. I think there needs to be careful consideration to the definition of the "puppy mill" word.
Edward Andrysiak April 2, 2014 at 11:02 am
You have to wonder what causes people to be so different. Mexicans, millions of them, sneak over theRead More line to get into this country. They are poor, uneducated and do not speak the language. THEY WORK and abide by the laws, respect family and everybody else. They don't create a Detroit or south side of Chicago. If your are in a hardware store and six Mexicans come in you assume they are buying tools to earn a living. If six blacks come in with hoodies and hanging pants you assume it is time to hold your wallet! Get it madhee? Whites don't do anything to you...you do it to yourselves. As an aside, you toss out your hard working decent black people as some kind of Uncle Tom...wake up and live for today!
Edward Andrysiak April 2, 2014 at 11:15 am
Madhee...you are so negative it prompts me to share another story with you...my first employee whenRead More I went into business was a black man. He stayed with me for years until he passed recently. He was the best technician in the place! I would have made him my service manager but...he could not read or write! He had five kids...(pay attention to what follows here)...they all received a college education and are doing well in life. He paid forward, never bitched or played the poor me part. Take a lesson from a great man. I think about him often. You will pass from my memory as soon as I shut this puter down. Wake up!
jack hess April 2, 2014 at 11:17 am
Your right Larry. No more wasting time on this close minded person. I witness how MuslimsRead More brutalize their women after i spend 6 six years in the middle east. Actually there is documented film 2014 made by Muslims women, on Human right Violation by Muslim men against Women and young little girls. Rapes, murder, genital mutilation, Muslims men taking 9 years old for a wife.
Judge Cynthia Brim in her Cook County booking mug and in happier times on a recent talk show appearance.
Bob Wadas April 1, 2014 at 03:21 pm
She was actually a very good judge !
Ed60062 April 8, 2014 at 09:39 pm
Funny how everyone thinks she shouldn't be a judge but, as was pointed out earlier, few bothered toRead More vote no on the retention ballot.
Magilla Gorilla April 13, 2014 at 09:09 am
Wow. If they had an asterisk by her name on the ballot that symbolized a connotation regarding herRead More illness, I am sure people would have voted No. Most people that vote are either politically ignorant or corrupted anyway. Either way, the voting system is a fraud. SHOW HER THE MONEY, cuz, as far as I can tell, the vast majority of public servants have more than a few screws loose anyway... Birds of a feather flock together.
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Edward Andrysiak March 28, 2014 at 03:14 pm
I never liked the idea of government "taking" private property via the eminent domainRead More process or any other. Buy it if you can and in this case where it is not for sale...run your own pipe!
jsburklow March 29, 2014 at 07:08 am
I am sure these towns see the EPA taking over anything they like under the guise of eminent domainRead More so figure hey why not. They sit back and let private businesses build the infrastructure and then when it is finished decide they want it and come up with laws to make it suit their needs.
Edward Andrysiak April 2, 2014 at 05:29 pm
Water, Water, everywhere. Some quarries were said to have filled with water in a day or two. One,Read More the other side of the river actually has a trench from it towards Lemont to be used as a water supply, years ago . There is an artesian well on the North side of the river that has flowed for years now. It floods all the wet land we see from the bridge looking east. So, should we be drilling a well in the river valley to supply Lemont with water for some time to come???
Prominent cigarette displays in a Walmart. | Credit to anti-smoking advocacy site badadvertising.org
Mike Es. March 30, 2014 at 11:16 am
Maybe we can make up the tax my LEGALIZING MARIJUANA!
Marie MANCERA March 30, 2014 at 07:46 pm
Already, there is TOO MUCH Government interference in the private life of us Americans, why don thisRead More gov agents worry about schools, high taxes, etc. Ms. Madigan has a lot of nerve asking for stores to stop selling cigarettes, at the time the state is legalizing marihuana, Cook county is the highest tax in the state, etc.etc.
karen erickson March 31, 2014 at 07:29 am
If they're gonna ban tobacco products, they should also ban junk food & pop along with alcohol!
Sohan L. Khungar March 28, 2014 at 09:39 pm
Bring jobs by encouraging new businesses, expanding existing ones, encourage R&D, internshipsRead More for students and teachers, give incentives for hiring, particularly the unemployed, encourage home ownership, energy conservation, incentives to get off the vices, like drugs. Convert firearms to ploughs and high tech tools, cars and robots. These will all add revenues and taxes, and we could go back to the good old days of 2 or 3% state income tax. Look at the states with zero state income tax: WA, TX, FL, Arizona, NM, Oegon and others: they are all pro-business, which means more jobs and sales/excise taxes. I hate going to Chicago to pay outrageous parking fees. No such problem in beautiful suburbs like Oakbrook. Bring more jobs to suburbs and the country side. Give incentives to farmers. Why are more ag businesses in Iowa, WI and MN than in IL? I want to start a business which in 3-5 years could add as many as 100 jobs. I went to my village: no incentives! Wyming is giving us "no taxes for 10 years". Wake up IL politicians!
J. Geoff Rove April 10, 2014 at 08:01 pm
"There is also a lack of interaction with state workers, which contributes to low morale amongRead More them and negatively affects the day-to-day management of state government,” Please, at least the Ryan Cronnies are OUT. Only new TOLLROADS around here during 26 YEARS of Thompson, Edgar, Ryan gang.
jim April 10, 2014 at 08:11 pm
@Sohan the days of 2 or 3% are long gone. Look for property taxes to take a big jump over next 5 toRead More 10 years to pay for the pension mess and the politic ans that think money grows on trees ( they see a leaf and think its a dollar)
Mary Lou and Tom Riley in front of their house. | Screengrab from SunTimes.com video.
MiMi March 27, 2014 at 08:33 pm
CORRUPTION AND COVER UP IS ALIVE AND KICKING....and is SO MANY GOVERNMENT AGENCIES.....YES, IT ISRead More INDEED REAL....crap like this happens every where....these people just got caught up in the system.....be glad it was just this instead of something else.
Edward Andrysiak March 29, 2014 at 05:42 pm
Donald, I'm not feeling any love. You stated you worked for the County for 30 years. There shouldRead More have been no loop holes in an honest system where people got what they were entitled to. So you did nothing to remedy that. Now, you want to profit from the knowledge you have working on a broken system.....cheeeeez.
Donald Yosef Marcus March 30, 2014 at 09:12 am
Dear Edward ,You miss understood what I said, I worked there 30 yrs ago not worked for them for 30Read More yrs. I worked there for 5 yrs in the earily 1980's to the late 1980's. You might might believe this ,but under the last 2 assessor's the office has becomed 100% more open/accessible to their information. The stystem is broken, but this would take a tremenious undertaking to revamp the whole system from top to bottom. This would be like taking on the under funded pention that still hasn't been fully addressed except on the back end some 20 to 30 yrs from now ! I did my best to help the tax payers of Cook County & that's one of the reason's why I left the Assessor's office ! I got removed as an analysis,working on the appeals for them since my production wass 40-50% less then everyone in the department. Why, because I was taking the extra time to give everyone a fair break on their assessment through the loop holes that I learned. I got removed & they put in Tax payer Assistance counter, on the phones to answer questions & then on reachout. I was there in the 1980's for the first 100 yrs flood in Des Plaines. I help homeowners write up their compliants for them.
Alan March 25, 2014 at 05:24 pm
Repeat , repeat , repeat. Buster continues his games with the sequence of his posts.
Alan March 25, 2014 at 05:25 pm
Buster cant answer so she plays games with the sequence of posts.
B.S. Buster March 25, 2014 at 05:25 pm
Doesn't those FOIA documents that you and LUV ( affiliated with Lemont, Homer Glen and Lockport TeaRead More Party) collected, at great expense to Lemont tax payers, state that the rent would be a portion of the gross PROFIT collected at the facility, Or in the worst case scenario of no operating profit $5000.00 per month? And isn't $5k per month cheaper than the amount of property tax collections waived if the village were to convert a similar tax paying parcel to tax exempt for government use? And wouldn't that property cost millions of dollars to obtain for the use of taking it off of the tax rolls? And wouldn't we still have a polluted piece of government owned property on our hands that someone is going to have to spend tax dollars to clean up if it weren't for those willfully paid user fees? Respectfully Bartholomew Sylvester Buster III
Delaware Anarchist March 21, 2014 at 01:16 am
Ed Padgett kiss my grits
Magilla Gorilla March 21, 2014 at 07:47 am
News Flash, Gentlemen!!! "The Billboard is NOT Offensive because... It is NO LongerRead More there". As far as Mr. Hunt is concerned, he indirectly claimed that I have a P***Y earlier. This is true. I am an overachiever. My woman should be a supermodel. Mr. Hunt, however, is probably suffering from PAPS (Post Anal Penetration Syndrome) caused by spending time behind the Alter with Father FondleMe. I am sure that Hunt's Boyfriend has a couple P***IES, too. More than likely Latex.
sklogw March 25, 2014 at 04:22 pm
I think it's meant to be a conversation piece.
Bernard Johnson March 14, 2014 at 09:04 am
No - 'John', I'm not proposing to 'spend trillions on the children' - though we did spend such onRead More Iraq and Afghanistan, as an aside. What I'd suggest is that we cut the number of taxing bodies in Illinois down from the nearly 7,000 [the most - by far, of any state in the nation] to under 250. Get rid of townships - they're an antiqauted concept and redundant, at best. Combine duplicative administrative government entities, e.g., sanitation, water, etc, 'districts.' Eliminate patronage. Establish term limits. Require high-school seniors across the state to take a meaninfgul standardized test before they're allowed to graduate. If students can't pass standardized tests at the end of each year of school - hold 'em back. For the long term unemployed - those who are illiterate in English, require 30 hours a week of English language classes for them to receive Illinois State Medicaid, Sec. 8 housing subsidies, food-stamps, etc. For those who are literate and physically able, require 30 hours a week of public-service and 10 hours a week of documented job-searches. For any company doing business in Illinois to get a tax-break, job creation and/or job-training must be allocated to equal no less than 50% of the tax-breaks. There are entirely too many freeloading companies in Illinois. Establish a 2% payroll tax on non-residents who work in Illinois, being those from the border states of Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri and Kentucky [Iowa and Indiana are so called 'right to work' states that attract businesses away from Illinois and which deflate the value of labor]. Establish minimum standardized test scores for admission to State of Illinois universities. Require Illinois to fund the 'primary' costs of public education in Illinois. Require Illinois to eliminate defined benefit pension plans for ALL state employees [private industry began doing that over 20 years ago]. Establish an education surtax on parents with more than two children in the public schools, for each child beyond the two. Provide a tax-credit to families whose children attend private schools [non-religious only] equal to 1/2 of the educational contribution that the state makes per child {for up to two children}. Require teachers on the public payroll to be truly fluent in English - written and spoken. Limit - as a percentage, the number of non-resident and/or foreign national enrollments in the state's institutions of higher learning {to no more than 20% - undergraduate and/or graduate}. Establish cooperative work-study programs with Illinois-based businesses and the students in the state's public universities. Etc, etc, etc. There's a lot that COULD be done and that SHOULD be done, but, will we [Illinois] do it/them? Hardly! This is... the dire state of the State of Illinois.
Joe Smith March 14, 2014 at 04:42 pm
The rising cost of college and choking student debt is an unnecessary tragedy because there are manyRead More good reasonably priced regionally accredited colleges. But, alas, cost is seldom considered. Instead, students justify expensive schools thinking they will earn more when they graduate. The New York Times recently reported on two studies which show that equally smart students earn the same whether they attend an expensive college or a less expensive college. Online learning should be considered by cost conscious students. Low cost options are available because online students can choose from thousands of regionally accredited colleges. To illustrate the affordability of online options consider that a Bachelor in Business Management from Western Governors University costs only $23,120. See Search results: http://www.degreesanywhere.com/Degrees.aspx?DegreeTypeId=2&FieldOfStudyId=2802#.UyMX4_ldV8E Or a BA in Liberal Arts from Thomas Edison State College costs only $22,800. See Search results: http://www.degreesanywhere.com/Degrees.aspx?DegreeTypeId=2&FieldOfStudyId=2953#.UyMdR_ldV8E An MBA is offered by Eastern New Mexico University for only $6,240. See Search results: http://www.degreesanywhere.com/Degrees.aspx?DegreeTypeId=3&FieldOfStudyId=707#.UyMbOvldV8E All three colleges have regional accreditation so all are equal to expensive colleges in the eyes of most employers. There is no need to pay more and go deep in debt!
Bjarne Jensen March 15, 2014 at 01:19 pm
What happened to all the great low cost colleges in America? Nothing! There are many excellentRead More reasonably priced regionally accredited colleges around. In our new age of internet information they are, ironically, hard to find. Here is an example: Consider that a Bachelor in Business Management from Western Governors University costs only $23,120. See Search results: http://www.degreesanywhere.com/Degrees.aspx?DegreeTypeId=2&FieldOfStudyId=2802#.UyMX4_ldV8E Or an MBA offered by Eastern New Mexico University for only $6,240. See Search results: http://www.degreesanywhere.com/Degrees.aspx?DegreeTypeId=3&FieldOfStudyId=707#.UyMbOvldV8E Both colleges have regional accreditation so both are equal to expensive colleges in the eyes of most employers. There is no need to pay more or go deep in debt.
DHD March 11, 2014 at 09:24 am
Sorry Pau,l the state is taking away people's freedom to poison their children. This is 180 degreesRead More different from red light and speeding cameras.
Paul Dabrowski April 7, 2014 at 08:30 am
Sorry DHD, more government control over EVERYTHING we do. I grew around smokers and I'm veryRead More healthy. Again, it's you give an inch and they take a mile.
Paul Dabrowski April 7, 2014 at 08:45 am
Then again why stop there. What about your house? Or is “Poisoning” kids there okay? AndRead More before anyone says that they can just leave the room, well, the new buzz words for anti-smoking is now “Third Hand Smoke”. Which is the smoke that “clings” to your clothes. And, of course, they say is just as harmful. And what about all the other “bad things” for kids? Fast and junk food. There are plenty of fat kids out there, why not ban McDonalds from selling to people under 18.
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DJ March 5, 2014 at 05:46 pm
I mean Ed. Damn spell check.
antigambler March 7, 2014 at 04:59 pm
The Illinois-taxpayer-funded Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability predicted thatRead More "a reduced tax structure combined with the likely cannibalization of existing casinos could mean that the State would have a large amount of gaming expansion, with little new tax revenues to show for it." Well, maybe $400, as the article says. Call your legislators at (217) 782-2000, and tell them to vote "NO" on any gambling-expansion bills!
Edward Andrysiak March 8, 2014 at 08:09 am
There MIGHT be little new revenue due to dilution as you say but the difference could well be in whoRead More shares in the cash flow.
Herc March 6, 2014 at 01:31 pm
Marianne, nice word statesman, that stopped in the 70's. Today's career politician could care lessRead More about you or me. It's all about lining their pockets with the taxpayers money! They'd sell their soul's to the devil if they had to. Chivalry is long gone!
Ex Jolietian March 6, 2014 at 03:26 pm
Hey.. Teddy is a hero. He dove back into the murky waters that infamous evening.. to put Mary Jo'sRead More panties back on. Google "Waitress Sandwich" sometimes... and enjoy!
Citizen Sane March 16, 2014 at 08:48 pm
Please do not think that my preference leans toward this thread. The direction of my preference mayRead More be very much on the proverbial fence, but the sway of it can be garnered by use of preference.
Greg February 25, 2014 at 08:58 pm
I agree this is one form of corporate welfare. However if Illinois doesn't put skin in the game,Read More the film productions will go elsewhere. Most of the productions shooting in Louisiana, Georgia and New Mexico were orphans from California which has very limited tax incentives although there is political movement out there to get some skin in the tax incentive game.
rss February 26, 2014 at 02:14 pm
SOUTHEAST SIDE - you have no clue what my economic and social views may be. To be sure, youRead More correctly pinpoint that I am no fan of tax breaks for film. And I am sick and tired of working and trying to raise kids in a nation that has increasingly run amuk of any moral compass. Your radical views no longer disturb me. I am now desensitized to the hard left and the imperialistic views of same. In the meantime, I work hard and once thought I earned a pretty good living... stop the theft!
John Roberts February 27, 2014 at 09:06 am
Film industry own the DVD industry as a subsidiary and claims loss on DVD's which basically get theRead More Original Author NOTHING. While the FILM INDUSTRY" Banks Millions.... Want to support Authors go to Amazon and Purchase the Stories from the Authors. People who write the books get the money they deserve.
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ayar March 13, 2014 at 09:27 am
and lowering minimum wage ? no thanksRead More http://chicagoist.com/2014/01/07/business_mogul_bruce_rauner_would_l.php
ayar March 13, 2014 at 09:35 am
If you want to bring jobs back, you have to open the federal trickle down again and get federalRead More money back into Illinois, which everyone knows already. How would he talk to those people ? would he even try ? Instead, let's get names like Foster, Kirk, Durbin, and Hultgren perhaps convincing congress into getting federal contracts back into our infrastructure [including education] and 'invest' in us again.
Max Smart March 13, 2014 at 10:03 am
Federal money? IL gets more federal funds than most states and squanders every dime on pensions andRead More other entitlements. What we need is people with the will to do the will of the PEOPLE!
Michelle Salazar March 1, 2014 at 06:24 am
Good Morning Lemonters! Just waiting for my kid to finish breakfast...he's off to the IndoorRead More National Championship just outside of DETROIT MI. He is not going to visit all the wonderful things there are to see there, his five hour (in each direction) road trip has just one specific destination. That's what we need to become...a destination. Have a great weekend!
B.S. Buster March 1, 2014 at 06:43 am
Best of luck and safe travels to you and your son, Michelle! It's nice to hear from happy peopleRead More like you, Clare and Happy Lemonter!
Athens Man March 1, 2014 at 10:00 am
I like the sound of ..."a destination" Michelle. A destination for 500 plus kids andRead More their parents for weekend.
Joe Kocur February 24, 2014 at 10:12 am
The kill switch is called your side arm your carrying. Pull the trigger and empty 6 of the 12 slugsRead More you have in your weapon. No need for kill switch.
Eric Blair February 24, 2014 at 05:02 pm
Lost phones aren’t really a big enough problem to call for such legislation. Only a pretext toRead More cover for the real reason. The “police state” doesn’t want people recording their unlawful actions against the rest of us. The police would love to be able to turn off the phones of anyone recording their violent behavior. Surely the police would be the ones possessing the “kill switch” device along with the phone companies. Not a day goes by without some video recording the police (any state, U.S.A.) beating and/or killing some poor sap for some nonsensical reason. Note to Joe: I only got five in my big bore revolver, shouldn’t/don’t really need six.
Edward Andrysiak March 6, 2014 at 02:58 pm
I would rather keep CONTROL of my phone with me! To discourage thefts and reuse, perhaps the phonesRead More can be made to accept a personal security code. So you if you want to input a security code to render the phone useless you can. If you answer yes you install up to ten numbers which are the "combination" to start and keep your phone operating. You could program in a frequency code which simply is how often you want your phone to ask you to re input the security code. So, if stolen or lost it operates for just the mount of time you entered for the next restart code to be entered. Assuming the finder or thief can't break your code...the phone is inoperative. It' a do it yourself version of what they want to make law. I like it better!
Robert February 22, 2014 at 06:47 pm
Sounds like a great idea from the township!
B.S. Buster February 23, 2014 at 06:44 am
Why don't you take this meeting in Jim? You aren't needed, wanted or successful at the otherRead More meeting. This just might be a better use of your time and effort. Maybe the township will let you take over without being elected...
kathy henrikson February 24, 2014 at 07:15 am
Future meetings are planned along with our Community Earth Day Event on April 26th 9:-11:00. OftenRead More the Village does not meet the last Monday of the month...my mistake. Although this meeting has been posted on patch for weeks we could do a better job with promoting our events. We of course want to avoid conflict to allow everyone to participate including Mayor Reaves & the board as they are all stakeholders in our santuary.
Mel Reynolds tried to get his seat in Congress back in 2012. He got 1 percent of the vote. | Credit: File photo.
Edward Andrysiak February 20, 2014 at 03:58 pm
These creeps just do not give up sex and sex for them is with kids in one way or another. SocietyRead More needs to get serious and understand that you can not release them! Offences against a child should carry a life sentence. That way, and only that way are kids protected from future molestation...which is sure to come.
lyndia February 20, 2014 at 07:14 pm
Bernard, when you speak of animalist behavior and the home of his ancestors, you show your racismRead More and a lot can be said about YOUR race.
Edward Andrysiak February 21, 2014 at 06:56 pm
lyndia...I wondered how long it would take for some one to throw out the racism word. You need toRead More re-read Bernards post a few times so you clearly get what he said. You can't grab a few words out of context and quote them and then accuse. Perhaps it is you who have the racist tendencies because that seems to be all you can see in that post. Are you defending this pervert????
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Dan February 13, 2014 at 06:34 pm
Gary: I think Grampa Mike fails to understand the complexities of the world outside his microcosmRead More and is not particularly bright on matters of the human condition. There is two sides to a story, it may prove one acted appallingly which defines my interactions with libidinallay based sick filth- they may make lame accusations about me, for the most part. The issue is weather the man who seeks to be governor of Illinois is a sex offender or his accuser is a nearly bankrupt vile lier. The real issue, in my opinion, is that politicians are noticably self serving and do not wish to propose changes that could get Illinois and America back on its feet monitarily and fiscally. At this point I think Mr. Rutherford needs to drop out of the race if he does not submit to a comprehensive lie detector test. His accuser should do the same. I think we have had enough of the criminal shanninagans that define Illinois executive branch on all levels, state, local, federal, including intelligence agencies- they are just better at sneaking around and manipulating.
Dan February 27, 2014 at 02:30 pm
hey rutherford,fat pat quinn is single.
Edward Andrysiak March 5, 2014 at 12:29 pm
Keep this simple. The report says Rutherford invited his subordinate employee, Michalowski, to hisRead More Peoria home for "an overnight retreat." That is enough for me! It reflects bad judgement if nothing else, very bad judgement to say the least. No supervisor, with any sense would do that. Enough already...I'm for someone else.
Edward Andrysiak January 28, 2014 at 02:41 pm
In Wisconsin they mix san and salt, one to one, for their roads. Here in Lemont we have access toRead More fly ash from the power plant in Romeoville and, I will bet we could get it for free as they dump it anyway. It is a residue of the burnt coal. It is ash. It is non toxic and tends to "float" better than sand so it will not clog sewers which is one our concerns here in Lemont...I think. In and emergency however...it may be an option.
B.S. Buster January 29, 2014 at 08:30 am
Don't know about the salt, but I will say the Lemont Public Works has done an outstanding jobRead More clearing the streets and keeping the village moving through extremely difficult circumstances. Keep up the great work!
Edward Andrysiak January 29, 2014 at 11:48 am
Buster...I agree. they have done a great job. when I was a kid driving up sate street, which wasRead More cobblestone, was impossible when we had a inch of snow or more. I hear an occasional complaint from residents and tell them to call the villae where they will find prompt attention to resolve anuy problems.