Valley Viewpoints: Hannibal road fiasco; Goodbye to beloved community members

Shame on county in road fiasco

I attended a meeting held by an Oswego County committee on the road that was built by the county without the proper permits and without notifying the people living with in the area that the road was to be constructed. I was very disappointed listening to the county officials speak as all I got out of it was “Gee, we’re sorry.” I guess there were some things that were not handled correctly. (County Administrator Phil) Church said we will work on doing a better job next time. Is there going to be a next time?

I for one am not sure that the base of the road was fully dug out, or was it just covered up for use by the county or Faye and Jack Beckwith in the near future? I believe that the county needs to prove to the taxpayers that the road was removed totally. This can be done by core samples taken every 50 feet on the road they wrongfully built that will prove it was dug out and restored to the way it was before they chose to put it in without town and state permits.

The (state Department of Environmental Conservation) gave them an OK to mine the sand. That contract is good for five more years. Does this mean that they are going to try again? There are four privately owned sand pits under contract by Oswego County at this time. They did admit there was a sand pit offered several years ago (same connecting sand pit). What went wrong there? Beckwith’s price was not a cheaper offer.

Admitted by the county in the media, the cost was $40,000 plus to build and remove the illegal road. Kevin Gardner, legislator, made a statement at the meeting that cost was only $10,000 dollars because the equipment used belonged to the county. Wow. I guess he forgot that it was Oswego county taxpayers who bought that equipment and fuel! Another statement made in the media was by (Kurt) Ospelt, county highway superintendent. Asked if he had any comments, he replied, “It was a lie.”

What? Church seemed to say that this type of contract had not been done in a while, therefore they maybe weren’t up to date on the issues. For me that is no excuse. When we elect you as a legislator we believe if an issue comes up that you are not totally clear on you find your laws and agreements, read and understand them before you move forward on any issue.

After what I saw and have read, it looks like the taxpayers need to get rid of some of these legislators and employees who have been there for years and still do not know their jobs! There are still too many unanswered questions on this and more with the way the county is handling things.

–Sandra Blanchard, Fulton

Goodbye to 2 great people

Each of us is unique, special and important in our own way. When we enter this world there are certain standards, goals, objectives and perhaps a way of life that are expected of us, some of which we may be able to achieve. Some of us lead quiet lives while others live in the public arena. Regardless of our station in life, we all have a contribution to make whether it be a good parent, a good provider, a good student, a good role model, a good friend, caring for other people or just by living the golden rule.

Our community was saddened this past week by the passing of two individuals who had a great impact on so many of our lives.

On Wednesday, July 24, an outstanding cardiologist, Dr. Jayakumar Thotambilu – “Dr. Jay,” passed away suddenly. He was a very caring man who seemed to be everyone’s heart doctor. Those of us who were his patients were fortunate to have his special kind of skilled professionalism and care that was extended in a confident and friendly way. Dr. Jay will be greatly missed.

On Thursday, July 25, former Fulton mayor Muriel Allerton, at 93 years of age, passed away. Muriel was a woman of determination who loved others and her community and did her best to enhance the life of others. She did so by involving herself in many organizations, committees and a wide range of issues. Muriel and her husband, Joe, attended numerous functions and activities to show their support of an individual or an organization’s hard work.

There is no right time to leave this earth and no explanation of when and how it will happen, so we should live our lives the best we can by loving our families, doing the best we can to help others in need, understanding that not everyone thinks or looks alike and not being judgmental, knowing that each family has its own situation to deal with. Dr. Jay and Muriel chose very diverse pathways but each contributed to the betterment of our community. We, as individuals and as a community, are better off for having had them in our lives.

–Bob and Sandy Weston, Fulton

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