Fault Lines and CNY Snakepit have pretty much summed up my thoughts on the recent Observer Dispatch Editorial regarding the D.E.C. Consent Order.
I will only add that if you haven't been paying attention to the plans in New Hartford, you might want to check out what they have in mind for the Seneca Turnpike--Woods Highway--Rte. 840 area of the Town of New Hartford. To see a larger image of the planned development, be sure to go to the bottom of the page and click on FILE DOWNLOADS - Site Plan!
Our present leaders continue to bury their heads in the sand when it comes to the sewage problems, just like they have continued to do with the assessment problems. Assessments are unequal in New Hartford and it is not just the "normal" inequities associated with the assessing process as the State commented at a recent meeting arranged by Councilman Waszkiewicz. It often amazes me how the same people who were plotting behind the scenes to possibly take the previous administration to task for the assessment debacle, now seem to be running the other way. What a difference a year or two makes, right boys?!! But I digress.
It is time for New Hartford leaders to stop being loyal to their developer friends and start listening to the people who pay the bills--the same people whose doors our "leaders" will be knocking on in a couple of years when they are looking for support at re-election time.
UPDATE: I thought this was so apropos to the topic at hand (town law according to New Hartford's set of rules) I thought I would just tack it on at the end of today's blog entry.
If you read my blog on Friday, June 1, 2007, you will know that we are trying to get a copy of the May 9, 2007 town board meeting minutes through a Freedom of Information request.
Once again, this morning we went to the Town Clerk's office to see if the Town Planner was able to copy the file to a cd. We were greeted by the Deputy Town Clerk who is always more than cordial.
The unfortunate part--the Town Clerk will be out of the office until Thursday; however, the Deputy Town Clerk thought there was a cd in the office for us. Unfortunately, the Deputy Clerk cannot release the cd without the approval from the Town Clerk. The Deputy Clerk said she will try to ask the Town Clerk, if and when she talks to her, if it would be o.k. to release the cd to us if indeed it is "the cd".
Let's see... Next Wednesday, June 13, 2007 is the next town board meeting where the Town Board should approve the May 9, 2007 town board minutes. If they can stall us long enough....hey, who says they have to make them available two (2) weeks after the board meeting--it's only the law!!
We are going to peruse our notes and give you a synopsis of the May 9, 2007 meeting long before next Wednesday.