Dyster's Tree Counting Consultants Squander $265,000 on Nothing Much
By Mike Hudson
Arithmomania is the name psychiatrists give to a form of obsessive compulsive disorder that forces sufferers to count their actions or objects in their surroundings. Sufferers from this crippling disorder have a strong need to count objects in their surroundings, such as tiles on the floor or ceiling, the number of lines on the highway, or even the number of times one breathes or blinks.
The brain-based anxiety disorder causes considerable suffering and impairment, and can be the cause of long-term unemployment, unless of course the sufferer happens to work for Bergman Associates Inc., the consulting firm hired by Mayor Paul Dyster at a cost of $265,000 to count the number of trees, swing sets, monkey bars, trash cans and other things that may or may not include birds, bees, flowers, cracks in the sidewalks and carelessly discarded cigarette butts in the city's 28 parks and open areas.
The arithmomaniacs at Bergman Associates have been counting things around the city for a year now and, perhaps, when they're done counting trees they can start on the number of empty and discarded crack cocaine containers that can be found in shocking quantity along the sidewalks in the East Side neighborhood.
That would keep them busy for years, and now that Dyster finally has his casino cash, it'll be burning a hole in his pocket.
Why a city as financially bereft as Niagara Falls would choose to spend more than a quarter of a million dollars counting the trees in its parks system when it obviously cannot afford to keep the trees properly trimmed or even mow its many lawns, is a curiosity at the very least.
Much of the study was paid for by Greenway money, but $57,000 of the study which is expected to be about two inches thick - just paper - not a tree or a piece of park equipment-- comes from the taxpayers of Niagara Falls.
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JUN 18, 2013