Town Board Meeting                                                         4-11-2017


                                Surprise of the evening?  A three-minute, video presentation by our School Superintendent about the needed "Upgrades "  and "Renovations ". She brought along their Financial Officer and Michael Brutsch of the school board. 

                                  The kitchen appliances at the WBH are from the 1970s, so yeah, they are overdue for replacing, I'm sure. The high school kitchen appliances were replaced only 20 years ago but they want to buy new ones anyway. There is a plan to enlarge the WBH gymnasium, as it is what they refer to as a "Half-Court". It's been fine since the school was built and we had a good number of students using it, so why enlarge it NOW?

                                   We have exactly  402 students attending the two schools combined. WHY replace TWO kitchens and one of TWO gyms instead of simply enlarging whichever of the two schools is in better shape, and closing the other? Enrollment has decreased by 5% per year, every year for the last decade.  Right now, there are SEVEN kids in the Pre-K Program, 14 in the 4th grade, and less than 20 in the third grade!    So why in Heaven's name would we want to spend 11-12 million dollars on upgrades to TWO schools ?!?! I said as much during the Q&A session, and even Councilman Baumli agreed with me and suggested we close one school. It makes a lot more sense to do THAT!

                                     Seated next to Michael Brutsch tonite, was his darling daughter, the anti-Veteran , All-American Girl. She of course, was there to accept her appointment to the Planning Board , which she did get. What I find interesting, is the fact that her father exited the meeting the very minute the school presentation ended, and his daughter left immediately after being appointed to the PB.  I don't know about anyone else, but to ME, that speaks volumes. If someone wants to have so much to say about the workings of our town and school, shouldn't they be courteous and engaged enough to stay for the ENTIRE meeting? Wouldn't you think they would give a damn about OTHER issues affecting the town and its people? 

                                     No, that is not how Liberals think. They are interested ONLY in what affects THEM directly, and everything else is a problem for the Commoners who attend every meeting and stay in place from beginning to end. It's shameful. 

                                      I DID take the opportunity to express my feelings to the School Super about the Veterans' Exemption issue. I told her and everyone else who was in the room, that being the ONLY school district in Columbia County to thumb their noses at our veterans, they have a lot of nerve asking us for money. I told them it was an atrocity, an embarrassment, and that they should all be ashamed of themselves. Wanna guess what the reaction was?  Zippo! Blank faced stares. 

                                     One encouraging thing about this meeting was the obvious opposition to the school budget request by most of the people present. Remember that this budget vote will be held in May, and there will be three different proposals to vote on. The gymnasium is a separate thing from the upgrades, etc. I fully intend to vote NO on everything they want. That seemed to be the consensus among the people tonight. Enough is enough! Let them eat cake.

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 REMEMBER:  April 19th at 7 p.m - Planning Board Public Hearing on Dunkin Donuts !!!!!!!   Speak now or forever hold your peace!