There was an interesting discussion at the Wed. 11/7 TB meeting. It is surprising that the Town Board was so unprepared for the deal that they already had in the works. The question was about how it was that Wildwood Knolls lost the rights to their property, and also why Wildwood Knolls was informed about the deal. Florence told them that the district did not own land. I thought he was implying that districts don’t exist to own land. Sam O said that the town would have priority in any dispute. That doesn’t seem quite right. The district paid for 3 wells to be dug there, and those are still there. So, ready to accept the deal, the Town Board will now go back and research the ownership.
In the course of the discussion, Jackie asked why it was the town that was responsible for removing the pump house from Wildwood Knolls, but Lake Peekskill’s responsibility to remove the pump house from the defunct water district. Sam O’s answer was preposterous. He said that the pump house had been built through an agreement between a Lake Peekskill organization and NYC. Neither entity exists at this point, and the agreement that the Town Board made with NYC-DEP would supercede any of that. They were the parties making the agreement to shut down the water system, and this should have been settled at that point in time. None of these board members were there, but if the deal was botched, the Town is solely responsible for that.
Sloppy, but they will probably stick it to us anyway.
Sam O said something about the districts not being worth the taxes, but that is because of the way the Town Board spends our money.