But, this effort was not a one or two person show. Citizen cooperation began when Essex won the right to submit a waste water system proposal. Citizens such as Charley Goff, Jim Morgan, Jim Morris made valuable input; property owners Tilly Close and Susan Mallet, old time Essex descendents of the Ross family, generously donated the use of their privately owned land for location of the plant and reed beds; Steve Cunnion moved over- night to provide access to his land, fortuitously removing a last minute stumbling block. The initially submitted building design was changed from an utilitarian structure to the present design after input from Essex residents.It was the rapid response of citizens who would reside in the proposed Sewage District which also enabled meeting funding deadlines. Clearly it was a Town wide effort that enabled institution of the eventual funding.
To demonstrate that the waste water project was the work of many rather than a few I only wish a strong effort would have been made to notify concerned citizens of the award presentation so many of us could have shared in the initial award ceremony when Present Supervisor Boisen accepted the award.
James LaForest, Whallonsburg