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Edwards delays simple answer

August 9, 2011
Westfield Republican
Really, County Executive Greg Edwards has not had time since March to address a request from the South and Center Chautauqua Lake Sewer District?

In June, volunteer board member and highly respected Dudley Ericson of Lakewood took the time to meet with Edwards and explain the reasons the sewer district has been incurring overtime costs because of the county executive’s lack of response.

He finally replied last week.

But how can it possibly take months to answer a simple and sound request from a well-run, financially self-supporting county agency?

According to the chair of the sewer board, Thom Shagla, County Executive Edwards points to the county’s hiring freeze for his own failure to communicate about the sewer district’s requests - while at the same time similar positions have been filled in other areas of county government, Shagla says.

The point is, the sewer district is well run, is financially sound, has not had a rate increase in 11 years and has money set aside for future capital needs. It is the opinion of the volunteer board members - who have done a great job overseeing the sewer district these past years - that the most operationally efficient and financially responsible thing to do is to fill vacancies and upgrade some positions.

They finally got an answer last week - one they had been waiting for since March.

And we wonder - if this is the sort of thing County Executive Edwards needs to think over for months on end, is he the right man for the job?


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