Trustee Lost Touch With Reality
To the Editor:
I would like to address the August 11, 2005 article written by Guest Columnist George Farenthold. If you had identified the characters of this saga correctly, your readers would have understood the context of his remarks with a clearer light.
Mr. Farenthold is married to Ms. Lisa Marsh Ryerson, who is President of Wells College and a Board Member of the Aurora Foundation, LLC. In my opinion, Mr. Farenthold now has to recuse himself from any vote on this Building due to Conflict of Interest as stated in the NYS General Municipal Law § 809.
Mr. Farentholds remarks about how the Village Board should tear down the building that houses our Post Office were done in poor taste. He assaulted the Village residents for their opinions, but is his own form of mudslinging in his article proper?
He failed to mention:
A July 22, 2005 meeting with United States Postal (USPS), Manager Real Estate; Mr. Paul Senk, resulted in the announcement by Mayor Thomas Gunderson that the USPS will not be making a rush decision on moving anywhere for several years.
The public was informed of this at their regular monthly Village Board meeting on August 17, 2005, by the Mayor.
With the vast amount of mail that passes through our local facility on a daily bases, our community will not lose its Post office any time soon.
The USPS Rental agreement runs to March 2009 and that they pay rent in the amount of $ 8,400 which increases slightly each year. This amount may not seem like a lot, but it does keep the Village property taxes the residents pay lower.
As the Trustee assigned to maintaining our Buildings & Grounds by the Mayor, he hasnt done anything to fix the roof leaks in this building because he assumes it will be torn down. How can you assume this when the USPS representative has stated they are not ready to move and we have a lease agreement through 2009?
His price to repair the buildings roof, at $ 30,000, is a figure off the top of his head. As someone who attends meetings regularly, I know that there have not been any estimates gathered by the Village Board from potential contractors. I doubt very seriously that the price would be that high for the size of the building.
That the Village Board did a Village survey in April 2005 on the proposed move of the Postal Facility to the Aurora Place building which is owned by Wells College, with results showing that many did not care where the PO was located, but they wanted to save their building for other uses in this community. How can you get rid of a structure we need when our Village Office currently is located in the rear of our firehouse in a small storage room?
That seven businesses were told to move out by Wells College through the Aurora Foundation, LLC. The Foundation now has this space tied up with their four eateries, one market and a flower shop. All of these are very expensive and employs only a handful of local residents. This figure should not reflect the transient workers who have rented places in the Village thus the LLC calls them locals. As one of those lost businesses, I find it insulting to have him say that there will be space available when that hasnt happened.
That the so-called view to be gotten from demolishing our building will be that of the back yard of a local resident and the plantings the LLC have put in have taken away from our view shed already.
That the supposed renovation work has taken away much of our historical heritage due to the loss of the excellent workmanship inside the buildings created by hand labors of days long gone. I feel that Trustee Farenthold has lost touch with the reality of how much the residents have had to put up with over the past three years.
There is a major divide in our community and for him to voice his opinion in such a biased way really shows which side his bread is buttered.
Deborah M. Brooks