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Friends of the Flint House disband

After what Friends of the Flint House President Cindi Pytlovany said goes beyond the village's failure to empty the trash, the group voted to end its relationship with the historic Scotia property.

Pytlovany said the Friends would no longer volunteer at the Flint House, but she would not officially resign as president until all loose ends are tied up.

Our [Vice President] Hasna Kaddo has resigned, and our group has definitely decided to disband. I feel an obligation to use up the Flint House funding as it was intended to be used, and that is on house preservation. Membership dues must be returned and files need to be closed out, said Pytlovany.

Pytlovany said she has spent the past couple of years trying to be an advocate for the Flint House, which is one of two parklands cared for by the village. She said there have been issues with garbage pickup, as well as septic problems and tree hazards.

"Two dangerous trees on the property were finally cut down a week ago. These trees have created dangerous situations, with large limbs falling on the house and narrowly missing visitors to the property. The mayor finally had these trees taken down when he realized that he was under the microscope," said Pytlovany. "We have made numerous attempts which went ignored until I was arrested and went public with our problems."

In what she called an effort to make her frustrations clear, Pytlovany delivered a bag of garbage to head of the Department of Public Works Tom Cushing's office, leading to her arrest on violation-level charges of public dumping. The village eventually agreed to drop the charges.

Cushing has had no comment regarding the incident.

Last week Mayor Kris Kastberg said the village has many properties to tend to. He said the administration does appreciate the work that volunteers do, but added that he feels Pytlovany may not be happy with the timeframe in which things get done.

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