Trumansburg Says Not So Fast On Water District 5 To Austic
I heard on the radio just this evening that the Trumansburg Village Board of Trustees has voted not to give its endorsement to Doug Austic’s plans for a Water District 5 to go snaking through the Town of Ulysses.
That’s a good thing, given that the way that the Water District 5 planning has gone.
We residents of Trumansburg were promised by Doug Austic last summer that we would have a public hearing with the Ulysses Town Board at which we would not get shut out, and would be allowed to ask questions and express reservations. That promised public hearing never took place.
More recently, there was a meeting between Doug Austic and members of the Trumansburg Village Board of Trustees. It was insisted that the meeting was not a part of negotiations, but it’s clear that terms of a compromise on Water District 5 were discussed. If that’s not a part of negotiations, I don’t know what is.
Yet, members of the Ulysses Town Board were not notified by Doug Austic that the meeting was even taking place.
How can we in the Village of Trumansburg take anything about Water District 5 at face value when even our representatives on the Town Board can’t get straight answers?
Even if we were to put aside serious concerns about whether Water District 5 is a good for the Town of Ulysses as a whole, it would not be wise for residents of Trumansburg to support the Water District 5 scheme at present, because the process for pushing it through has been twisted and tainted.
There is no rush, even though we hear the same silly claims year after year that if we don’t approve Water District 5 right away, a huge amount of funding for the project will fade away. These claims remind me of the Maguire used car commercial that warned people that a sale would last for “four days only,” only to be replaced by a new commercial advising that the sale would be extended after all.
In the end, it doesn’t matter a jot if the Town of Ulysses can get a bunch of big water pipes laid in at a special bargain basement discount rate if it’s not something that is in the town’s best interest. A bargain price on something you don’t want is the worst kind of rip off.
Thanks to the Trumansburg Village Board of Trustees for avoiding the temptation to jump on the bandwagon with these hucksterish Water District 5 proposals.