TO THE EDITOR: Town of Plattsburgh Supervisor Bernie Bassett claims that the town will save nearly $100,000 yearly by purchasing the street lights from New York State Electric and Gas. Nothing could be further from the truth.
The town now spends $116,000 per year, and NYSEG maintains the lights. When the town owns the lights, they will pay $23,000 for electricity, $11,000 for pole rental and $30,000 for maintenance and insurance, for a total of $64,000 yearly. The town will also spend $400,000 to purchase the lights, $50,000 for a used bucket truck and $18,000 for disconnects, for a total of $468,000.
If this cost was spread out over 10 years, that’s $46,800 per year; $64,000 plus $46,800 equals $110,800 annual cost for the lights for the next 10 years. They pay $116,000 now, minus $110,800, which equals $5,200 savings. When they include the labor costs for the town workers to install disconnects on 1,300 lights and maintain these lights, it’s a losing proposition.
They are also putting the untrained town workers in a very hazardous position working in a bucket truck in close proximity to high-voltage wires. All of this was clearly pointed out at the public hearing on the budget but was ignored by the Town Council.
They have thrown the taxpayers over the cliff on this one. We are stuck with this forever.
TO THE EDITOR: Thanks to very generous contributions from the area businesses and individuals, the benefit event held for our dear friend Thomas “Booker” Washington last month was an extraordinary success.
Though Booker passed less than a week before the event, his spirit was abundantly present among the hundreds of friends and family who gathered at the Monopole to celebrate his life and legacy.
Our deep gratitude goes out to Plattsburgh Distributing, Pepsi-Cola, Gioiosa’s Wine & Liquor, L & M Liquor, Dame’s Liquor, Mickey’s Restaurant and Lounge, Anthony’s Restaurant and Bistro, Butcher Block, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, Ronnie’s Michigans, Duke’s Diner, Pasquale’s, It’s All Good, Zuke’s Deli, Koffee Kat, Smooth Moves, Monopole, Peabody’s, Woodstock’s, Dry Dock, Fourth Ward, McKibban’s Irish Pub, Bluff Point Golf Club & Resort, North Country Golf Club, Adirondack Golf & Country Club, Harmony Golf Club, Cut Loose, Hera’s Salon, Archer Body Works, Church Oil, Econo Lodge, North Bowl, Nuway Car Wash, Cumberland 12, G & G Tire, Yando’s, Price Chopper, the ARC, the North Country Cancer Fund, WIRY, Stephanie Duquette, Betsy & Dean Lombard, Dave Mayette, Shaun Heffernan and Tim Hartnett.
Words fall woefully short of expressing the magnitude of appreciation we have for all who have given their love and support over the years and especially in recent weeks. On behalf of Booker and his wife, Donna, we offer you a most resounding and heartfelt “Who-wah!”
And the friends of Booker T.