We, the Town Board of the Town of Jay, have been made aware that some members of the Town of Black Brook Town Board, but not all, have submitted an our opinion letter to the media in regards to our towns’ dispute over proper payment for services rendered, or in this case, not rendered.
We, the Town of Jay Town Board, do appreciate both the Press-Republican and the Valley News professionalism in allowing us a chance to respond to Black Brooks’ misrepresentation of the facts. The following bullet points are facts and can be verified by pictures, video footage, N.Y.S. D.E.C. reports and engineering reports from A.E.S.
•The Sewer plant, pumping stations, and individual property owner’s sewer tanks were in total disarray and were not on any preventative maintenance schedule when Black Brook was the lead agency.
•The Town of Jay became lead agency on January 1st 2012 after a legally agreed contract was signed by both Towns.
•All Sewer facilities are now on a preventative maintenance schedule as are property owners’ individual tanks and all information is on a computer data base kept by our Town of Jay Department of Public Works.
•Town of Jay taxpayers were billed by Black Brook officials for years for 4-6 hours a day for work which we alleged was not performed. A video we have that we showed to Black Brook official Howard Aubin in September of 2011, and verified by a local resident near the entrance way to the plant can verify the truth. If the sewer plant worker actually worked 4-6 hours a day instead of what alleged for just minutes a day, then one would have to believe the facilities would have been in much better shape.
•Town of Black Brook Councilman Howard Aubin references in his letter that for six months Black Brook officials ordered their sewer plant worker to do the minimum to keep the plant running. If that’s the truth, then the Black Brook town board was in violation of its fiduciary duty to its taxpayers to ensure they were not overpaying for these services if they were not being performed. Again, we alleged at the time, that we were being billed for 4-6 hours a day which was not the case and this expense was paid by both Towns’ taxpayers.