To the Times of Ti:
Recently there have been letters implying that Crown Point’s Supervisor Bethany Kosmider wouldn’t listen to two certain board members on how to govern the town of Crown Point when she took office and she did it her way.
Thank goodness. Look at what she inherited when she took office: Her predecessor told her on the Monday after the election that he would do nothing to help or transition her; water meters that didn’t work or properties that do not have any meters; a campground with more spaces rented than permitted by the New York Department of Health; no accountability of the town employees for hours worked (this was cited in a 2000 comptroller’s audit for time worked that was reported to the New York State Retirement System); no drug or alcohol testing policy for employees; and many fire hydrants that were not working and were to be replaced long ago.
Since Bethany was elected, she has raised the income level for the age exemption from $12,500 to $18,500 to help the seniors of Crown Point. She got help from the New York Rural Water Association for a free evaluation and inspection of the water and sewer districts in Crown Point. The town is building a web site to assist Crown Pointers as well as travelers through the area with a combination of free and paid for design time. Hourly employees must account for the hours they work. A drug and alcohol policy is now in place for town employees who drive town vehicles, equipment or work in sensitive areas. The APA has been willing to do an expansion of the hamlet for the town thus giving the town’s people back the voice of what they can do with their own property. She requested a New York State comptroller’s audit to assist her in getting the town’s finances in order.
Robert Patnode, Don and Kathy Barber, Sharon and John Hieber, Melissa and Chuck Langlais, Jerry Morse