Richard Tromblee of Moriah Corners talks with Moriah Supervisor Tom Scozzafava during the April 2 Essex County Board of Supervisors meeting.
Photo by Keith Lobdell.
continued “I am just really tired of the personal attacks and the attacks on us as supervisors,” Douglas said. “Everyone in here works very hard for their constituents and for the county. I put about 30 hours a week into county work, and that is separate from my responsibilities in my town.”
Wilmington Supervisor Randy Preston said he felt some of the attacks were being used to misrepresent fact.
“We need to take the emotions out of this,” he said. “Something somewhere has got to give. I think the mass hysteria that is out there that the privatization is a horrible thing is just not the case. The responsible thing to do is to look at this seriously and if we can do it, then we should be doing it.”
Douglas later took a moment to commend Richard Tromblee, a Moriah Corners resident who addressed the board earlier that day.
“He was very respectful and made some good points,” Douglas said. “He didn’t go after supervisors or resort to personal attacks.”
“There is and will be a need for care for our elderly,” Tromblee said during the guest comment portion of the meeting. “Maybe some of you will end up that way and need this care. Hands on care that they will not receive in a private nursing home. Before you decide to privatize the Horace Nye Nursing Home, please stop and think.”
The board of supervisors passed a resolution seeking the “highest and final” offer from each of the three companies seeking to purchase the home after the initial round of bidding.