Forestville residents have plenty of reason to be suspicious, which is the main reason the number of residents in attendance at the village meetings continues to grow.
Working without a clerk, there were no minutes to approve of the last meeting because Mayor Charles Brewster reported the taping device "came back erased." In addition to the lack of minutes, residents also heard:
How the village highway supervisor was not in attendance - again - for the monthly meeting.
That there is a job description for the highway supervisor, though it cannot be produced.
A law firm may run the village clerk's office for the time being.
Trustee Linda Aures' minutes could not be accepted due to the "erased" taping device.
Unfortunately, years of bad decisions in the village cannot be "erased" for its residents.
Last month, we noted how the patience of residents is being tested after the village has hiked taxes 48 percent over the last three years while also holding illegal executive sessions and silencing public concerns.
Aures, who may be the only member of the board with the public's trust, ran for the position last spring on the platform that she was not "pleased with the rapport between the Village Board and the residents of Forestville."
Following this folly, you can see why. The highway supervisor, who works for village residents, cannot and will not be accountable in his position, which may ultimately not have a job description since it has not been produced.
Maybe that too has been "erased."