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Upset with decisions

To the Valley News:

Regarding the Jan. 3 Elizabethtown Town Board Re-organizational Meeting; a Glens Falls law firm was awarded a contract at a rate of $160 per hour, as a result of Supervisor Bartley‘s request. According to Bartley, the Glens Falls firm has the expertise. Elizabethtown lawyers have no need to apply.

It’s important to note that in recent years no tax money, of the $3,000 budgeted, has been spent on legal fees. None.

A new Clerk to the Supervisor, from Lewis, was appointed without advertising the position. Margaret stated that she didn’t have to advertise and could appoint whomever she wished. The proposed salary is $26,500 and health care for a 30 hour week. The previous clerk, from Elizabethtown, worked 20 hours for $19,000 last year and did a great job.

Margaret and Joe Martin wanted an Executive Session to discuss pay and benefits, (so much for transparency,) but that effort failed over legality concerns, so the issue was tabled until a very short notice meeting was called for Saturday morning at 8 a.m. The taxpayers are now paying over $32,000 for a full time Clerk. Elizabethtown residents have no need to apply.

A dramatically different, “revised,” Code of Conduct policy was tabled, as was a brand new resolution delegating more authority to the Supervisor for special or improvement district functions. Interesting stuff, wish I knew what it meant.

According to Margaret’s comments in last weeks P-R article, I’m to be her nemesis. My intent is to simply tell you the truth and cause others do the same.

Ken Fenimore,

Councilman

Elizabethtown

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