Setting the record straight

To the Times of Ti:

A recent letter (Robert Patnode, Don and Kathy Barber, Sharon and John Hieber, Melissa and Chuck Langlais and Jerry Morse) from Crown Point listed problems the current supervisor inherited from her predecessor.

As predecessor I know better what was left behind than a few individuals who drank the Kool-Aid served by the current administration.

What she inherited was a new $3.3 million district 1 water system ($1.9 million grant and $1.4 million 20 year no interest loan). The entire district had new meters installed with outside readers. In 2009 we were on the verge of getting another grant to finish the system on Main Street. I was one (the unpaid one) of the two licensed operators required for the system.

As for lack of help during her transition _ if you can’t do the job don’t run for the office. After 14 years I was ready for a change and didn’t try too hard for re-election. I did hope a decent person would succeed me — can’t have everything.

To clear up some of the untruths of the last election — Yes I did graduate from Clarkson University Class of 1970. Yes I did work as a nuclear power design/construction engineer. No I never drove a truck.

Other things left behind— a $250,000+ fund balance. A money-making camp site with power and water, new bathrooms, new electrical service and a DEC permit to operate. A money-making marina with a boat launch, new electrical system, $75,000 of new docks and plans for a new seawall with a $250,000 grant pending.

These improvements and many others were completed with grant moneys and nearly always by town employees including myself. (Grants totaled over $4 million.)

And, by the way, I never tried to take away the right of the people to vote.

Dale French, Crown Point

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