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To the Editor:

Thank you to all the Town Board members for their work this year and a special thank you to the following:

Evelyn Hatch, who will go down in E’town history as the “first” female town board member. I thank her for stepping forward to run for the midterm spot left empty and I look forward to seeing her once again involved with the town as the active citizen she has always been.

No one could match the 25 years of service of Joe Martin. He is such an asset to the town with his knowledge of the town’s history and being active in so many events. Joe’s retirement from the Town Board will be felt and he will be hard to replace. Thank you to Joe for all his years of service!

Another thank you goes to Margaret Bartley for taking on the task of town supervisor. She stepped right up to the plate and took control of the position proving that she was extremely capable to handle the job she was elected to do. Considering the odds against her and people against her, she showed strength of spirit and mind, and performed her duties with all her heart. She rearranged the town offices, cleaned up the town hall, made the building community friendly by displaying artwork and making those entering feel welcomed. She chose excellent staff, made documents assessable to the general public through the new website, completed neglected grant projects, started new grants, brought attention to Elizabethtown’s needs by going to Albany, meeting governors, senators and congressmen and being a presence there.

Supervisor Bartley dug deep into the documents and records of the sewer project and unearth the twisted bureaucratic sludge that had been dumped into it. Because of her hard work the old and broken residential water meters will be replaced and she installed a new accountability process for the town’s financial records and accounting procedures laying the groundwork for sound fiscal responsibility.

After Supervisor Bartley received grants she had experts sort through and remove years of paperwork weighting down the second floor of the building, the Town Hall is now physically more structurally sound. Which is how Supervisor Margaret Bartley is leaving the Town of Elizabethtown, more structurally sound.

Once again thank you to the Town Board members for their service and all the best to the new/returning board in the New Year.

Mary McGowan

Elizabethtown

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