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Slow down and smell the roses

As we look forward to the spring and summer seasons, we must also prepare for that dreaded time of the year that we call "road repair." As I was on my way to an appointment in the middle of the afternoon, planning my time carefully I crested the hill by Gillette Road Middle School only to see a sea of brake lights and lines of cars backed up for quite a ways. Slowing to a stop, I suddenly realized that yes; the Thompson Road project was well underway.

So why do I bring this up? Traffic snarls are frustrating, annoying, upsetting and stressful. Unfortunately we are going to have to deal with it. This project has been on the drawing board for several years. Intense planning, time and money drive each and every project. This road work that we experience, the interrupted traffic flow and the unpredictable delays are all part of the growth for the town of Cicero. As I was inching along I decided to take advantage of listening to music, looking around the area that I normally don't even see or remember because I am usually just "driving through." Because we are always in such a hurry these days, we don't seem to have patience anymore. My office receives many calls regarding road repairs, first wanting them done and then not wanting the inconvenience while they are being repaired.

Since the year 2000, the town of Cicero has had many new residential developments, creating several sub-divisions in the surrounding areas of the town. The main corridors of Route 31 and Route 11 have attracted various commercial interests including several banks, credit unions and new shops in the strip malls. Unfortunately, building up our commercial tax base will not ease our tax burden because we will soon be loosing our sales tax revenue. This is just one of many changes that we will be experiencing through the changes in our county government. As we move forward we must carefully consider every new project and proposition, making sure that is it right for our future growth in the town. With the mandates that the town is responsible for, the town board will continue to be mindful of spending and the future of Cicero.

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