The New Hartford Business Park deal was developed by a select few individuals behind closed doors. According to Town Law:
In the Town of New Hartford Business Park District, staff review shall include the Superintendent of Highways, the Codes Enforcement Officer, the Town Planner and/or Engineer and the Planning Board Chairperson or their designee. The Fire and Police Departments and Counsel will be contacted for input as required...For any of the town employees who took part in these closed door meetings to say that they felt the meetings should have been held in the public and yet for over 3 years they sat in these meetings and said nothing is incredible. Perhaps someone should remind them who they work for.
For Councilwoman Krupa to say "she believed the business park should be under the Planning Board's purview and the reviews should "occur wholly in the public view" and yet she sat through the board meetings and voted "aye" each time is hypocritical.
For Earle Reed to say he didn't know about the town law until Jerome Donovan brought it to his attention is unbelievable to say the least. Rumors have been circulating that Town Attorney Green has spent time in Larry Adler's condo in Jupiter, Florida and said condo just happens to be a few miles away from Town Supervisor Reed's vacation home in Jupiter, Florida. How many private discussions regarding plans for the New Hartford Business Park have taken place between Earle Reed, Attorney Green and Larry Adler in Jupiter, Florida?
In today's OD article, Larry Adler reportedly said "Between the staff and the Planning Board, I hope we can come to a happy medium." Apparently Mr. Adler just doesn't get it. Involve the people in any further discussions regarding the Business Park and show us the money instead of looking for ways to spend our tax dollars!
We have many FOILed documents from the Dept. of Transportation including the Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement and we also have the plans for the Shared Transportation Facility on the 17 acres that Larry Adler donated to the NHCS. We will be posting them shortly.
Here's a link to the story in the Observer Dispatch "Little-known panel OK'd Hartford building".
Finally, here's a link to the Guest Editorial by Jerome Donovan in today's Observer Dispatch "Key issues that require discussion in New Hartford". How much extra are you willing to pay in taxes to support Mr. Donovan's suggestions for a Town Supervisor and a town manager; more support staff in the Planning Dept.; a comptroller and a part-time Town Attorney; additional space for town offices and a new town court?
We've been outspoken for over 3 years...now we'd like to hear from you!