County seeks RFPs for fish stocking

Private stocking alternative for Crown Point Hatchery

— The Essex County Board of Supervisors voted to seek options on stocking fish in Essex County.

At the Nov. 7 meeting of the board, the supervisors unanimously passed a resolution requesting a Request for Proposals (RFP) pourchase fish for stocking in county waters as an alternative to raising them at the Essex County Fish Hatchery in Crown Point.

“This is one of those issues that we have to put to bed,” Newcomb Supervisor George Canon said.

Willsboro Supervisor Edward “Ed” Hatch said the county needed to be careful when dealing with something that would impact the tourism industry.

“The county’s main industry is tourism,” Hatch said. “Not only is this important for tourism but it is also important to those who live here. I think that we should be trying to expand this facility to make it bigger and better.”

“No one debates the impact that this has on the economy, but we want to find out if it can be done for less to the taxpayers,” Jay Supervisor and Board Chairman Randall “Randy” Douglas said.

Chesterfield Supervisor Gerald “Gerry” Morrow said he felt that with the RFPs, the county needed to make sure it was looking at comparable stocking patterns to what the hatchery currently runs.

“They have to be the right sized fish, the right age fish, and delivered to where we want them to be delivered,” Morrow said.

Westport Supervisor Daniel Connell said that the county needed to look at every place they could to save money.

“Without getting the information on all of these projects, we are not doing our due diligence,” Connell said. “We have to look at everything.”

Crown Point Supervisor Bethany Kosmider did not comment during the discussion but said later during debate on the Horace Nye Nursing Home that she had voted in favor of the resolution because “we have to look at all of our options.”

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