Sam seems stuck. Shades of Bob-O. LP always gets screwed. $7Kfor nothing. Shouldn’t Larry already be doing his job? And Joe his? Wasn’t the elected Highway Superintendent’s salary already published? And isn’t there a union contract for Joe’s?
Right after I was elected the very first complaints I received were from individuals who wanted to know who was in charge of the Lake Peekskill crew and what they did when they weren’t doing the garbage run. Not just one call, but many. I remember when I was on the Board in the early 90s we appointed a gentleman from Peekskill Hollow Rd. to oversee the crew. That didn’t work so we appointed Mitzi Eagens. Mitzi was good at that task. Earl not so much. I am not knowledgeable about the duties/responsibilities of the crew. Larry is. I need accountability in all of our departments and also need to know what the tasks are that have been completed and have not been completed. Larry is a great source for that. I want to try this out and see if we can’t kick up the work being done in the LPID. You are right, the additional taxes LP residents pay is excessive. At least the residents should receive a full day’s work for a full day’s pay. This accountability will ensure that that happens.
Back when Carmelo was Supe, Earl Smith was “supervising’ the Lake Peekskill crew. It didn’t work at all. Perhaps some residents weren’t around and so have no knowledge of what happened, but it was a difficult situation. That is why it was changed to supervision by the Town Supervisor. That worked under Carmelo and Sam. I have no doubt that Tendy and Annabi provided no reasonable supervision, but things have changed now, and I have every confidence that you can do the job.
I am not sure why an elected highway superintendent would be chosen to oversee a garbage and beach district, but doesn’t Larry have a full time job with a full time salary? Would this be taken out of his full time for the town or would he be putting in overtime? To have Ray report to the highway department is a waste of his time and a waste of the crew’s. You can have him provide you with a schedule of what needs to be done without involving an elected official who was not elected to do this job. And you can always get rid of those antiquated time sheets once and for all.
Lake Peekskill pays more for its garbage pickup than anyone else in Putnam Valley. It was productive that Jackie investigated going to Wheelabrator directly and eliminating the transfer station from our cost. Clearly it would not save money, and some people should have been treated better, and it should have been more transparent, but at least the conversation was started about making our service more cost effective. Private haulers would be cheaper for residents, and while I have lots of reasons not to want to switch to that, I don’t think that tacking an additional cost onto our tax bill (even if it was budgeted) is the right path either.
Lake Peekskill got hit with yet another tax increase this year, with no increase in service, no real justification, and no money set aside for the lake. That is ridiculous. Let’s break the cycle.
I hope you will reconsider.