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Friday, July 6, 2007

If a tree falls in the forest...

and no one is around to hear it...does it make a sound?

Or.... if an Executive Session is called, everyone is asked to leave and then the meeting is reconvened to pass resolutions that could have been passed prior to the Executive Session (because they really weren't legally Executive Session material), is it to hush those in attendance?

The town board moved to go into Executive Session at 7:40 P.M. According to the DRAFT town board minutes, the Executive Session was called to discuss pending Union Contract for the Highway Department, the financial history of a particular employee, the Vescera, Hilton, Par Technology and Applewood (Assessment) Certioraris brought against the Town of New Hartford.

First of all, it is questionable as to whether or not the certioraris were Executive Session material. Wonder what reasoning they used there. Next, by now, we all know that they "forgot" to sign the Contract for the Highway Department; that was supposedly the reasoning behind the Special Meeting called for June 28th. Financial history of a particular employee--O.K., Executive Session material.

However, also discussed after the Executive Session were:

SDG Contract - That is the contract they are negotiating so they can pay someone to put assessments online. The Town Board decided to obtain additional quotes for the Tax Assessment Program according to the Town Procurement Policy even though the Grant Application does not specifically request that the town obtain different quotes.

NYS Department of Environmental Conservation - Sanitary Sewer Permits - True, they discussed it in Open Meeting; however, they waited until after Executive Session so that no one would be there. Sneaky!

1 comment:

Concerned Taxpayer said...

Let me get this straight. The Town of New Hartford is going out for bids when there already exists a FREE SERVICE to review assessments?

Why would Town Officials contract out and pay $50,000 for a firm who is not even competent to do such an undertaking?

Why don't they just give the former webmasters whose expertise in this area the contract, say for half the price $25,000.

How do we know that the current assessment data (records) is complete? Has the Town Assessor validated each and every parcel. Has every Town parcel been carefully scrutinized for fairness and equity, especially, our Town Elected Officials and their cronies.

I did notice that we have a school official who lives on IRONWOOD Road and lives in one of those ritzy houses. How can a school official afford such a home? No wonder our school budgets continue to go up - not down.