Willsboro Supervisor Edward "Ed" Hatch
A “miscommunication” led to Willsboro Supervisor Ed Hatch questioning Department of Public Works Superintendent Anthony LaVigne on policy.
During the July 16 DPW committee meeting, Hatch said that his town DPW chief, Peter Jacques, had asked LaVigne to transport and drop dirt the county had removed from a job in Willsboro to the town’s new soccer fields.
Instead, the dirt was transported to the property of a county employee who had also requested it for fill.
“That was a miscommunication on my part,” LaVigne said. “I was approached by the town highway supervisor and asked to move the dirt from Sunset drive to a town location. I never got that request to my crew.”
“I have got more phone calls on this,” Hatch said. “This was supposed to be going to the soccer fields. I think that this is very bad and I would question if it is legal.”
“I have never treated county employees any different then any other people that have asked for it,” LaVigne said.
Hatch still said that he felt a policy change needed to be made.
“I think that there should be a policy in place and this stuff should be going to the community,” Hatch said. “I am opposed to this stuff going to a county employee. I think that the property owners in front of where the work is taking place should have right of first refusal on the dirt or wood or whatever is being removed.”
“It is our policy, especially on wood, to contact the person who owns the property to see if they would want the wood,” LaVigne added.
LaVigne reported to the committee that the former Essex County Jail pod, located behind the county administration building and currently being used to house Board of Elections equipment, was in need of a new roof.
“The county has patched it as much as we can,” he said. “The pod was purchased from another county and the roof is estimated to be over 20 years old. It is in very bad shape and needs to be repaired during warm weather.”
LaVigne said that he estimated the project, which would replace the current roof with rubberized membrane roofing, to cost $20,000, which was not budgeted for 2012.
The committee forwarded a resolution to seek bids, which Chesterfield Supervisor Gerald Morrow felt would come in under LaVigne’s estimates.
“That seems high to me,” Morrow said. “Let’s get the bids out there and see what comes back.”
LaVigne also reported that the project to replace the pillars in front of the Old Courthouse in Elizabethtown was into the design phase.
“Once we get the finalized design, then we will go out for bid,” he said.
The committee also moved forward a resolution to move the current Otis Bridge to the Essex County Fairgrounds in Westport after it was replaced, for use as a footbridge.
“The resolution is needed to be in compliance with the APA and DEC permits,” LaVigne said.