HEARING: Officials often fail to listen

Government may say they want the public’s input, but many times, it really does not care.

Take, for instance, Monday’s hearing in Fredonia on the new roof law. Crafted amid the announcement of a major business leaving the area, the law prohibits rooftop usage that could potentially put anyone’s safety in jeopardy.

At the hearing, four members of the public spoke out against the new law. One person, a village employee who happens to be the police chief, spoke in favor of it.

The result: trustees did not care what was said and still voted 3-1 in favor of the law. A law, which in all honesty, does not need to be on the books.

If police see a dangerous situation, they are normally responsive in professionally handling it. That’s what we’ve come to expect, even without a specific law.