‘Transparency’ questioned

To the Valley News:

Margaret Bartley, Supervisor elect in Elizabethtown, ran on a platform of “transparency” and open door style communication with the community. Yet in early December, she hosted a private meeting in her home for four of the five Town Board members and also invited the Town Clerk. Only one Board member was not invited or informed of a meeting. That would be me.

A thick packet of reorganization meeting material was distributed at that time. I think the Town Hall would have been the appropriate place for such a meeting and I should have been informed of it and provided with the info at the same time as everyone else, rather than a couple of days before the January meeting.

Included in the material is a “revised,” code of ethics policy, part of which appears designed to prevent past Supervisors or Board members from appearing before the Town Board for one year. Also banned is the previous bookkeeper and any other previous employee.

So denying access and silencing opposition is the new policy? As of Dec. 31, the longtime bookkeeper had still not been told, by Margaret, that she‘s to be fired. How’s that for open door transparency?

Also included is a contract with a Glens Falls law firm allowing Margaret to utilize their services whenever and for whatever she chooses to the tune of $160 per hour. Why the sudden need to hook up with a major law firm? I wonder if any local attorneys would be interested in that contract.

Margaret has contacted the Comptrollers Office to complain about our 6-percent tax levy decrease. I thought lower taxes, while retaining an adequate fund balance would be a good thing, but Margaret asked for an investigation, again.

As they say in hockey, “keep your head up,“ folks, this could get interesting. It might be time to ask yourself if you still believe whatever it was you’d been told prior to election.

Ken Fenimore,



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