Where are we being "taken" with the Poop Solution?We understand that discussions and negotiations are currently going on with reference to the solution to be implemented to solve the Poop in the Hudson problem for East Greenbush. It is clear that the problem was created in the first place because of the placement of political power interests above the interests of the Community. That being the case, it is hard to conceive of a solution to the problem being developed without those political power interests being in play. And the less the Community knows about what is going on, the more mischief is possible. Remember that East Greenbush got illegal interfund transfers, $2.5 million in debt and Junk Bond ratings directly from playing around with the Poop over 13 years.
With these issues in mind, here's a comment by Dwight Jenkins which deserves to be a Post on the matter. And here's the link to the Planning Board Minutes to which he refers:
"After a rather lengthy delay the Planning Board Minutes are updated on the Town Document Download site. Interestingly, the 5/23/12 minutes reflect a cover-our-ass conversation initiated by the Chair of the Board in which he asked about our Consent Order problem. What we heard was that it is a complex problem, very expensive to repair, we're not the only town dumping sewage, and that we haven't been ignoring the problem. What we didn't hear was a reason for the transfer of sewer funds to the general fund, when we could have and should have used those sewer fund surpluses to address the problem. Of course, we also got more than $6 million dollars in bonding from the County Water and Sewer authority back in 2008 to fix the problem, but we haven't used much of that for anything. It sits there while we pay about seventyfive thousand dollars a month in debt service for unfinished projects that would fix the problem. Look how quickly we spent the $6 million or so bond for water repairs: we banged out infrastructure updates and new water tanks in no time. That was a job well done. As for the sewer? No, this smells like a fight over power, influence, and money, hence the delays, hence the unacted upon consent orders, hence the State is finally pissed enough to jack up the fines to a level where they hurt, hence a connected lawyer got a nice payday to lower those fines somewhat,hence we got a bullshit answer on 5/23/12 in response to a staged question. Go read it for yourself if you don't believe me. Yes, we have problems with aging pipes and rainstorms. NO SHIT! That's what the sewer surplus and the hefty bond were to have fixed by now!"