Last year I called my local Highway Superintendent some 12 times and very nicely asked for a few loads of fresh cut wood from their tree removal department. Finally I received one small load of wood. Well this I have taken a different approach; wrote a letter to the Town Supervisor! Below is the letter: Dear Mary, Greetings. First of I would like to take a moment and personally thank you for the outstanding job you as well as all of the elected officials have done in their service to the Town of Cheektowaga. Mary the reason I am taking time to write to you is because of a request that I made last year of the Highway Superintendent: Mark Wegner. Now I first want to say the purpose of this communique is not to get anyone in trouble or give someone flack. I know how consuming his position with the Town can be. Last year Mary I contacted Mark approximately 12 times in regards to the possibility of the Highway Departments tree trimming and cutting crew dropping off a few loads of wood for my personal use. You see Mary I heat my home with firewood throughout the winter. I am sorry to say that all of my inquires only benefited my 1 small load of fresh cut wood dropped off. I repeatedly asked to be put on a list for the road crews to know my name and address. Now I will say for Mark’s behalf he continually reassured me that he would tell the road crews of the situation and they would drop off the loads of wood to my address, but unfortunately it just never happened except for that 1 small load. I even went so far as to take a ride over to the barn on Broadway where I was told the wood, after being cut , was taken too. I bumped into a Town employee, a garage mechanic. I asked him about the wood and he told me the wood was stored inside and then will a smile he just said, “And everyone knows that wood is for the Town employees.” Needless to say I was disappointed and well as frustrated. As a lifelong citizen as well as a Tax-payer with an annual tax bill of close to $5000.00, I would like to think that, that kind of nonsense didn't happen. Once again Mary this is not to squeal on anyone or invoke the wrath of higher officials on those under them in the chain of command, I guess to simply put it: HOW CAN I GET SOME WOOD? I even offered to come by after work and pick it up myself, but certain Town codes and laws prevent me from doing that. I am hoping you can help me in this request Mary. Feel free to contact me at your convenience. As I told Mark in the past, just dump the wood on my driveway or lawn and I’ll do the rest. Hopefully I will get more than I small load this year. Thank again for everything. This letter was mailed Saturday morning. When I got home from work today, in my driveway was a huge pile of fresh cut Silver Maple. Well over a face cord. Amazing what a letter can do!