It is somewhat frightening to hear Fulton County administrators and supervisors speak of taking over and extending the Glove Cities sewer and water to the whole county. They state this is in the interest of economic growth, but one has to wonder how much reflection on the proposal has actually occurred to date.
Within Johnstown and Gloversville sit two industrial parks that already have full water and sewer - and are still underdeveloped. The former Tryon site has full water and sewer and it sits undeveloped and wasting, as do many former leather tannery and other industrial sites in the two cities. There is abundant empty land within the two cities that sits empty and undeveloped. Why not develop these sites first and then look at spending hundreds of millions of dollars (not an exaggerated figure) to send water around the county?
As a taxpayer in the city of Gloversville, I also find it astounding the supervisors for my city aren't standing up for the city and advocating to get the best fiscal deal for our water and sewer services if they are bought by the county. I'm not interested in giving away the existing infrastructure of the water and sewer works - it has cost hundreds of millions to maintain over its existence. Yet I couldn't find one quote from any of the Gloversville supervisors stating they wanted the best deal possible in this proposal for the city. Why would you not stand up for your constituents and call for the best deal for the taxpayers of the city? Work together with the Gloversville Common Council and put a real deal in place - don't be led down a path to trouble and give away our services foolishly.
It's time for change and a call for new leadership in the county. As the strongest voices in the city of Gloversville and the best advocates for the citizenry, Mayor Dayton King, Councilman-at-Large James Robinson and Councilwoman Robin Wentworth should run for their current positions on the council and concurrently for the Fulton County supervisors positions in their own wards.
We need real representation from people who are in touch with their constituents and know what the city needs.
The silence on this issue by sitting supervisors seems to prove the point I attempt to make.