Payment of an 2008 outstanding invoice owed to Shumaker Engineering for work at the New Hartford Business Park was once again the topic of discussion at the March 23, 2011 New Hartford Town Board meeting.
It really seems that Supervisor Tyksinski feels that taxpayers should foot the bill for the work; while town board members have a different take on the situation [although Supervisor Tyksinski did change his vote to 'aye' at the end when he was the only 'nay' vote about to be recorded], that is after he amended the resolution...a stall tactic to be sure.
The agreement between the town and Larry Adler, developer of the business park, clearly states that he is to pay for any 'incidentals' once the $2.3 bond money is exhausted. In 2009, then Budget Officer Heather Mowat, stood before the town board and informed them that the $2.3 million bond money had been spent thereby making the remaining expenses 'incidentals'.
Supervisor Tyksinski seems to feel that taxpayers should pay for some, if not all of the overruns. To date almost $200,000 has been determined to be owed to the town by Mr. Adler...we just don't understand where Tyksinski is coming from.
As Councilman Backman pointed out at the March 23, 2011 town board meeting, Mr. Adler's present plans to build the hotel would require that the town use Fees In Lieu of Mitigation collected from other developers to pay for the eminent domain issue with the Yager property. Adler's plans also include a PILOT whereby the town [taxpayers] would incur further indebtedness in the form of additional bonding to build the Clinton Street Extension and the right-in, right-out option for the hotel in his business park; yet, Mr. Adler apparently feels he has no obligation to honor his prior agreement. How can this board in good conscience allow that to happen?
Here is the discussion at the March 23, 2011 town board meeting:
If you missed the other two times this 2008 invoice has recently been the topic of town board discussions, here are the links:
Almost slipped through the cracks...
Filling in the "cracks"...