Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Become a city or face a Reassessment!

So sayeth the Town of New Hartford Supervisor, Pat Tyksinski!!

At the last town board meeting on July 13th, Supervisor Tyksinski told the town board that there are only two (2) options…become a city or do a reassessment of the town.

According to Tyksinski we could literally eliminate town taxes. Really? Is that because they will be substituted by city taxes instead, Pat?

I have done a lot of research on becoming a city. According to what i found, there has not been a single case of a municipality becoming a city in NYS since 1942 although I did find two (2) municipalities on record as having looked into it after receiving a grant to study the facts for about two (2) years. In the end, neither municipality followed through in becoming a city even though in both instances, the residents were initially in favor of the idea.

However, Tyksinski espoused how glorious it would be to become a city lasted Wednesday evening…the b/s just kept flowing out of his mouth like rain coming down a mountainside. He even admitted that the prospect of New Hartford becoming a city has been looked at many times over the years, but nothing has ever come of it. Maybe there is a very good reason, Pat! Maybe it is not a workable solution!

Tyksinski said that he is going to talk to the mayors of the two villages, New Hartford & New York Mills. He better also plan on talking to the school too because from what I have read, they will also be adversely affected.

Supposedly, the town board is to come up with questions for the next board meeting because that is when the plans will be more extensively discussed. That meeting should be interesting!

So, will the town supervisor openly discuss his plans or will it be another “behind closed doors” scenario like the updated town comprehensive plan that never ceases to “raise its ugly head” every time a resident wants to do something on their property that our “fearless leader” is not in favor of?

This whole scenario would be laughable if the financial problems the town is facing didn’t look so serious.

Considering that two (2) CPAs are monitoring the books, I am puzzled at information I find on some of the financial documents I have recently FOILed.

Then there's the $150,000 shortfall in the General Wholetown 2016 budget due to including revenue from park fees that didn't become a reality. Tyksinski handed the town board a list of budget lines to be cut to make up the difference with most of the cuts coming from Highway.

The town board asked to be given a month to talk to department heads regarding the cuts...that brings us to August. Time is of the essence because starting in September, the town board will need to be putting together the budget for 2017!

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall...!

Here's the portion of the meeting discussion regarding becoming a city:

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Just how far in the hole is the Town of New Hartford, anyway?

It was a ruckus few minutes at the Wednesday, July 13th town board meeting. Supervisor Tyksinski started arguing with Highway Superintendent Rick Sherman regarding refunding money to a couple of town residents.

Apparently, two (2) town residents paid for the installation of culvert under the terms of the town’s piping policy. According to town policy, you place your name on a list and wait your turn to have the ditch in front of your home piped and filled in; the only cost to you is the cost of the materials; the town highway crew does the work.

The discussion Wednesday evening centered around two (2) instances where the work could not be completed; one because there was no room to install a catch basin and the other because a National Grid gas line was located in the way of the catch basin. The one that really elicited the ire of Tyksinski was the one with the National Grid issue. An argument ensued.

Apparently the smoke coming out of Supervisor Tyksinski’s ears blinded him and he was unable to clearly read the memos sent by Highway Superintendent Rick Sherman on July 5th, a week and a day prior to the July 13th meeting; plenty of time for the entire town board including Tyksinski to read the memo.

In keeping with the Open Meetings Law, I received a copy of those emails when I entered the meeting room on July 13th. I must say, they read perfectly clear to me…here are the pdf copies of the emails.

Perhaps next time, Supervisor Tyksinski should either read with the intent of trying to understand what is written or just trust the fact that Highway Superintendent Rick Sherman is capable of making a judgment call regarding his own department.

Unless, of course, the money has already been spent! However, that’s another issue entirely and has nothing to do with refunding these residents; refunding is just the right thing to do in these instances.

At any rate, a vote was taken as to whether or not to reimburse the residents for materials that could not be used through no fault of the town residents. Vote was 4 to 1 with Tyksinski voting NO! Another shameful moment in the Town of New Hartford!

Here is the video clip from the tete-a-tete between Supervisor Tyksinski and Highway Superintendent Rick Sherman.