Saturday, September 11, 2010

And the beat goes on....

The September 8, 2010 Town Board Meeting was quite long...several topics were discussed to include:
  • Supervisor Tyksinski asked that the board approve his decision to cancel the audit of the Town of New Hartford for 2009. His reasoning was that it is so late in the year and an audit for 2009 has yet to be done...therefore, according to Supervisor Tyksinski, the numbers would be meaningless. Isn't there a town law requiring some kind of an annual audit of the books either by the town board or an outside CPA firm?
  • Supervisor Tyksinski announced that there is now a police substation located in Butler Hall.
  • Councilman Backman spoke about using taxpayer money to sue town residents and he also read a letter from a town resident in regards to that lawsuit.

    We recently read an online news article about a city in Florida that wanted to sue their residents in order to silence their critics... Ended up with the Mayor paying out of his own pocket for the advice of a First Amendment attorney after which the Mayor wrote an apology that was printed in the local newspaper.
  • They discussed tax bill corrections that need to be made to include those not paying for fire tax and those not paying for sewer maintenance to name a few of the irregularities in the town database.

There were many other topics discussed...here's a copy of the agenda listing all the topics that were discussed and below is the video of the meeting.



    10 comments:

    Anonymous said...

    So the town resident's letter makes a valid point against their friviloius lawsuit and they have NO response!! What kind of town government is that?

    Anonymous said...

    I find it amusing Don Backman doesn't want to "burden" tax payers with paying Barkett yet when it comes to Woodberry sewers, it's a different story. Some (and probably him) may see it as he's only representing his constituents but if it walks like a duck ... Lots of votes up on that hill, huh Don?

    Like the Supervisor pointed out, the homeowners knew they would have to assume costs associated with repairing their sewers. I want municipal water, are Town residents going to help shoulder those costs too when the time comes?

    Anonymous said...

    O&M fees for the sewer district should be paid equally by everybody who has sewers.

    Backman is right. In fact, he is moving to protect Woodberry sewer owners by not having their own separate sewer district - one in which they have to pay for ALL repairs on their own outside of the townwide sewer district.

    Anonymous said...

    Could someone tell me if anything is being done to protect the taxpayers from land developers who create problems and later stick the town with the problems and expenses. Things such as Applewood, Jubilee, and Whitetail?? A lot for $52,000!! Nice neighborhood but not a Southwoods style. How did they get a permit to build anything without a proper impact study downstream.

    Anonymous said...

    Here is what you do..Barkett fills in the basin and as soon as one scoop of dirt goes in town gets an injunction to halt the filling of the basin. It floods Oneida st as well. Barkett created the problem he needs to remedy it not the town. That basin should have been temporary until Barkett came up with a permanent solution . Remedy for Barkett was to bill the town even after they did all the work. Next thing you know some one will get hurt. Stagnent water issues etc and guess what the town will own it.What are these people thinking!! Barkett is for Barkett no one else. He could care less about the people downstream that this affects.

    Anonymous said...

    Or how about this...

    Dear Mr. Barkett,

    Enclosed is the invoice for the Town work performed on your Whitetail division project.

    1- 50 ft storm water retention pond
    materials and labor $52,000.

    Sincerely, The Town Board
    (and while you are at it, you need to put a fence around it)

    Anonymous said...

    I guess he had to sell the lots to someone. Look how long it took to sell some of those dirt piles. Kind of like the people who retired and just walked in for a check. I am surprised they did not pay it.

    They need a Town Manager..it's time!!

    Anonymous said...

    i think the Letter to the Editor in the O.D. today (9/23/10)by Joseph Bolton says it all..."New Hartford board lack leaders to solve problems"---AMEN!!! All should read it!!

    Anonymous said...

    i think the Letter to the Editor in the O.D. today (9/23/10)by Joseph Bolton says it all..."New Hartford board lack leaders to solve problems"---AMEN!!! All should read it!!

    Anonymous said...

    Why locate a police substation just 2 miles down the road from the main station?