This is the 12th town board meeting Councilman Payne has missed since taking office on January 1, 2006. Town Supervisor Earle Reed too, has missed a number of town board meetings and was absent at last night's town board meeting. Both Earle Reed and Councilman Payne III were in attendance at a Boilermaker Meeting. It appears that these two individuals have an agenda unto their own and it does not bode well for their inadequate representation of town residents and town business.
Since taking office Councilman Payne has been gung-ho about the need for energy savings in the Town of New Hartford.
REGULAR TOWN BOARD MEETING...That was his reasoning behind closing the Kellogg Road Community Building..to save energy costs.
March 15, 2006
Together with the Highway Superintendent and Parks and Recreation Director, Councilman Payne has been looking at energy management programs for the town.
...That was the reasoning behind going ahead and bonding for lighting improvements in the New Hartford Recreation Center in 2008 even though the voters turned the bond resolution down when it was presented in the March 2007 bond vote.
Last night a representative from Johnson Controls made the trip from Syracuse to make a presentation to the town board for a third time in hopes of gaining town board approval for the signing of the Project Development Agreement. But, apparently, when Councilman Payne weighed his options, the Boilermaker race took precedence.
However, Councilwoman Krupa, to her credit, asked the questions that should have been asked by Councilman Payne in the first place.
$9,500, is this a budgeted item? Answer: No.
I thought your contract said the cost of the improvements would be $500,000, now you are sayng $300,000...
Given the fact that the payback will be over the next 20-25 years and the fact that the town is looking at a possible consolidation of town offices, is it smart to spend money for energy savings in buildings that the town may not own in 20 years?The town board ended up tabling their decision. Kudos, Councilwoman Krupa! We are happy to see that you are finally asking questions instead of rubberstamping everything that the 3 Muskateers bring before the board.
By the way, Councilman Payne is 'running' for re-election in the September Republican Primary. Perhaps he should keep on running...right out of office!