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Viewpoint is a ‘misrepresentation of facts’

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•For years, the Town of Jay was billed for 4-6 hours a day for work performed when we alleged that the sewer plant operator was actually working as a private contractor out of Town and not working these hours.

•Town of Black Brook employee was using Sewer Plant Facilities to house a personal vehicle.

•Black Brook Supervisor Rick Nolan has tried to use the Town of Jay as a scapegoat for their most recent water/sewer audit by the NYS Comptroller’s office. Their audit was for 2009-2012 and it was very obvious that their financial distress had begun well intact before we stopped payment for services not rendered. Placing the blame on the Town of Jay and a computer software issue is a copout.

•During numerous meetings/ discussions with Black Brook officials in 2010 over disputed sewer billings we offered to take an offer by Clinton County Legislator Mr. Bob Butler, who represents the Towns of Black Brook and Saranac in Clinton County, to serve as an arbitrator in discussions at no charge. The Town of Black Brook refused. This, in fact, would have saved them their $25,000 dollars in wasted Black Brook Taxpayer dollars for attorney fees. Mr. Butler can verify this.

•Supervisor Douglas issued a statement to the press only after reading Black Brooks' response letter to the NYS Comptrollers for their audit placing partial blame for their financial issues on us for withholding payment.

•Town of Jay officials received numerous complaints of sewer backing up in peoples basements of their personal residents and businesses because of lack of a preventative maintenance program when Black Brook was lead agency.

•The Town of Jay has worked diligently with the help of Stuart Baird an employee from the Village of Lake Placid to bring all our sewer facilities into D.E.C. standards compliance. (Can be verified with the D.E.C.)

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