In one of his first decisions as Hamburg superintendent, Cubby Jetter ordered the cutting down of trees that were planted by former students and staff. The "parking lot" will run along side the tennis courts on the North Street side of Hamburg High School. In addition to the destruction of green space, the Cubby parking lot plan shows little regard for those who play tennis by creating distractions to the athletes.
More importantly, where did the money for the parking lot come from? And why weren't the neighbors along North Street consulted about the significant modification to their modest tree lined village street? What is happening to the Village of Hamburg? The proposed apartments on Main Street, and a parking lot over taking the green space of the high school surely stinks of bad village planning. More cars and more apartments- what happened to walking and property ownership? These kinds of plans do not take into consideration the long-term health of a community.
Why didn't Cubby, James Martinez, Ed Piazza nor Daniel Chiacchia have a "community forum" to discuss the destruction of trees, green space and landscape and the proposed parking lot? Surely these topics are worthy of community input?
Instead, a group of angry community members (rightfully so), led by district employee Maria Johnson, lit up the Hamburg Board of Education meeting on April 22, 2014 with opposition to the destruction of their little piece of paradise in the Village of Hamburg.
Kudos to Ms. Johnson for standing up for a real issue that impacts the community*.
Board members Sally Stephenson and Catherine Forcucci agreed with the community members, and went so far as to suggest the district under the guidance of inexperience Cubby Jetter may have misused funds from a 2011 capital project to destroy the high school environment. The Cubby parking lot plan reflects his propensity for destruction.
How are flowers to grow in a parking lot, Cubby? **
Stephenson and Forcucci were the only two board members who empathized with the members of the community. Stephenson suggested that the parking lot project be halted until the district is clear on the use of excess capital project monies to fund the parking slab, and until the community gets a fair shot at weighing in on the plan.
The community showed overwhelming appreciation for Stephenson and Forcucci's concerns, while the other four members of the Hamburg School Board and immature superintendent Jetter winced at the disapproving remarks by Johnson and others. Hamburg school community, you reap what you sow, and so it seems- you may be getting a parking lot.
*Careful at work Ms. Johnson, Cubby and friends might make up some tall tales about you. Cubby has a very active imagination.
** Here is a solution: take the bus. The taxpayers foot an approximate $6 million dollar bill to collect and drop of children every day.