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Bethlehem Byte

An intriguing idea

Look this weekend at spotlightnews.com for a story on the effort to rectify hideous flooding situations that occur each time a major storm rips through the southern portions of Bethlehem. A meeting being labeled as a "community dialogue" is scheduled for Nov. 30 at the CSX Auditorium to discuss these issues. More details will be in the story. However, one thought that came up during my interviews for the story had to do with who can handle clean-up of creeks and lands where debris and other problems help lead to major flooding.
I talked with Rob Breen, a Clarksville resident and Siena College professor, who is associated with the Onesquethaw-Coeymans Watershed Council, which is organizing the meeting. He raised the point that people are somewhat suspicious, for lack of a better word, of government, and whether or not governmental bodies (federal, state, and local) can do what's needed to help after these disasters. One of the things he said to me, and I'm paraphrasing, was that maybe they can get some work done with volunteers without a piece of legislation ever having to be passed. Everyone knows that municipal governments aren't in great shape. The idea is that by bringing people in a community together, some of the problems that are manageable (without having to commit major resources or manpower) can be solved. It's one of those thoughts that stuck in my head this week, and thought it was an interesting point to bring up. Look for the article Saturday on spotlightnews.com, or read it in the Nov. 23 edition.

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