continued “I’d like to see the town board take a step back from this and take a deep breath,” Grinnell said. “I don’t believe all the options have been fully investigated.”
Grinnell also noted the need for a new or renovated police headquarters, a deteriorating town shed and the use of Armory as important issues facing the town that have lingered for years.
“Somebody has to take control of town government and move it to the decision-making process,” he said. “We don’t need an individual to make the decisions, but we need someone to move things along until a decision is made.”
Grinnell also believes Ticonderoga should consider hiring a town manager. The town manager, which could be shared with another town or agency, would be responsible for the day-to-day operation of local government and for seeking grant funding.
“So much of a supervisor’s time is spent in Elizabethtown (the county seat) and the day-to-day things that there’s little time for anything else,” he said. “We need someone who can lobby our officials in Albany and Washington. That’s an important role of a supervisor.”
Grinnell said he would be willing to cut the supervisor’s pay to help fund a town manager.
Helping the Ticonderoga business community would also be a priority for Grinnell.
“I don’t believe we’ll see another IP (International Paper) coming anytime soon, but we should be doing everything possible to support and attract small businesses to the community,” he said. “I’d like to see a closer relationship with Fort Ticonderoga. I believe tourism is a real key to our economic future.”
The candidate would also like to encourage business development along the LaChute River. He supports the planned construction of a replica 18th Century sawmill on the LaChute and feels a microbrewery on the river would be a perfect business for Ticonderoga.