Supervisor questions DPW head

Seeks answers to dirt moving issue

Willsboro Supervisor Edward "Ed" Hatch

Willsboro Supervisor Edward "Ed" Hatch Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— A “miscommunication” led to Willsboro Supervisor Ed Hatch questioning Department of Public Works Superintendent Anthony LaVigne on policy.

During the July 16 DPW committee meeting, Hatch said that his town DPW chief, Peter Jacques, had asked LaVigne to transport and drop dirt the county had removed from a job in Willsboro to the town’s new soccer fields.

Instead, the dirt was transported to the property of a county employee who had also requested it for fill.

“That was a miscommunication on my part,” LaVigne said. “I was approached by the town highway supervisor and asked to move the dirt from Sunset drive to a town location. I never got that request to my crew.”

“I have got more phone calls on this,” Hatch said. “This was supposed to be going to the soccer fields. I think that this is very bad and I would question if it is legal.”

“I have never treated county employees any different then any other people that have asked for it,” LaVigne said.

Hatch still said that he felt a policy change needed to be made.

“I think that there should be a policy in place and this stuff should be going to the community,” Hatch said. “I am opposed to this stuff going to a county employee. I think that the property owners in front of where the work is taking place should have right of first refusal on the dirt or wood or whatever is being removed.”

“It is our policy, especially on wood, to contact the person who owns the property to see if they would want the wood,” LaVigne added.

Repair projects

LaVigne reported to the committee that the former Essex County Jail pod, located behind the county administration building and currently being used to house Board of Elections equipment, was in need of a new roof.

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