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11/23/2012 11:38:00 AM
New Trier example of politics

To the editor:

Two days before the election, a "write-in" campaign was launched and letters were passed out by a "long time resident" of New Trier to selected households. In that letter Ginny Johnston accused "New Residents" of New Trier on the council of making "odd decisions" and costing the city more money than was necessary. These were vague allegations without one shred of evidence or any facts for support.

In the six years I was a council member, the council has made many improvements to the City of New Trier. The Comprehensive Plan was updated. Based on the new Comprehensive Plan, the city ordinances were updated to bring it all current and compliant with Minnesota law.

A fence was put in place to provide general security to our water system and we established a backup for water in the event the power is out for any length of time. Don Christianson, of the Minnesota Rural Water Association, commended the city for its forward thinking to get a generator in place in case of an emergency.

The council completed road repair in parts of the city where the streets were literally falling apart, and lowered taxes. Unfortunately, the lowering of the taxes was buried by the loss of the homestead credit. Members of the council have volunteered many extra hours to complete many projects within the city that had been neglected, to make a better community for everyone.

Yet, despite all that, people who have rarely, if ever, attended a council meeting have, and continue to, spread untrue, misconceived, and spiteful gossip in this small community.

Sitting around gossiping and judging others who are trying their best, while not concerned enough to come to the meetings, put forth a shred of energy to improve things, or even pay the two dollars to put their name on the ballot, says more about your character than any last minute letter ever could.

I invite everyone to look at the facts, free of hearsay, half-truths and gossip. Come to a council meeting and discover the truth for yourself.

Zach DeJarlais

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