Firewood case sent to police for investigation

I believe thats the case, Thomas said. The issue first came to light at a November town board meeting when resident James Slick showed board members photos that Slick said showed town crews on the clock using town equipment to cut and transport wood for personal use. At the time, the board referred the issue to newly elected Highway Superintendent Curtis Richards for investigation and to the town attorney for an opinion as to how else to proceed. Richards reported back to the board at a subsequent meeting that he was unable to determine if the allegations were true. At two subsequent town board meetings, resident Roger Mosher asked the Town Board to look into the allegations, telling board members that it was their duty to do so. But following the counsel of Town Attorney Tony Jordan, the board urged Mosher to refer the allegation to the police if he believed a crime had been committed. Mosher filed a complaint with Warren County District Attorney Kate Hogan, Thomas said. Hogan in turn, referred the matter to the State Police for investigation. Thats really the appropriate venue, Thomas said. Theyre set up to look into such things and this way well know. The referral came just days after the Town Board approved new Highway Superintendent Curtis Richards proposed wood cutting policy designed to curb problems in the future. Under the new policy, brush and small limbs are to be chipped on site. Larger pieces are to be transported to the North Country Outreach Center in Wevertown where the wood will be made available to the general public for use. If the wood is cut from private property, the property owner must give permission before the wood can be transported off site.

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