To the Valley News:
I was pleased to read in the Valley News of the granting of an Adirondack Park Excellence in Design Competition Award to the Town of Essex wastewater facilities. This award should not be considered for buildings alone. Any article or acknowledgement would be most incomplete and tardy without the recognition of the Town wide spirit of cooperation which made the completion possible.
The recent reiteration of the Essex Wastewater System is only a small part of a water, waste and sewage system begun in 1955 when the first nucleus of such a system was initiated by a group of volunteers under the leadership of Supervisor Elvin Cross who began to hand dig trenches and lay in the necessary piping for a Hamlet water system
A fine example of the long time Essex spirit of cooperation was shown when Town Board members Supervisor Ron Jackson, l members Suzanne Perley, Steve Sayward, Mark Wrisley, and myself initiated the sewer system planning even though none of them lived in the Essex Hamlet (Clair LaPine joined us two years later) where the waste water system was needed and to be located,
While the lack of funds prohibited immediate implementation, it was the initial farsighted preliminary funding for research by the AES engineering firm to prepare engineering specifications which enabled Essex to be positioned to complete the extensive project application. No small measure of thanks are due to former Supervisor Ron Jackson for his perseverance in seeking funding and his subsequent round the clock work in preparing the final project funding in 2007.
Accordingly when funding for “shovel ready” projects became available, the board had the requisite initial documentation to allow it be considered at the top of the funding list and requested to submit an actual request. Working almost round the clock to completed the project it was Ron Jackson’s engineering acumen and Steve Sayward’s review which enabled completing the funding request.