Cheers and jeers

JEERS – To not taking a vote. There may be no study on building a highway from Thruway Exit 28 in Fultonville to Route 30A near the Johnstown Industrial Park. The Montgomery County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday allowed a resolution for the study to die after no supervisor would sponsor it. Montgomery County wouldn’t have had to pay anything for the study, but its approval was needed because both it and Fulton County – which would have paid for the full local cost of the study – would have entered a joint application for the study’s funding. The supervisors apparently felt members of the public who attended the meeting and voiced concerns about the proposal knew more than they did. The fact is that many of the safety and traffic complaints about the proposed highway were based on conjecture. It is difficult to believe not one Montgomery County supervisor was willing to support a study that carried no cost for the county. Perhaps that is the case, but in our opinion, it should have at least been officially brought to the floor, with a vote taken and recorded. That is their job.

CHEERS – To moving forward. The city of Johnstown decided not to be involved in a Fulton County capital project to pursue grant money to complete the city’s end of the ongoing Rail Trail project. The city was going to be part of the county’s project to complete the trail. However, the city’s lack of participation is not going to stop the county from moving ahead. While we respect Johnstown’s decision based on what city officials feel would be financial restraints for the city, it is difficult to understand how in June a $63,165 trail-related contract was approved. That contract was for an engineering firm to do design work to repair existing parts of the trail. The Rail Trail should be completed and maintained – it is an asset for our community.

JEERS – To pure neglect. Two Amsterdam residents, Michael Murray and Jodiann McLeod, have been arrested and are facing animal cruelty charges brought by the Amsterdam Police Department. On Sunday, an emaciated female dog was found wandering Amsterdam’s streets and in need of emergency attention. Police said the puppy was diagnosed with a severe case of malnutrition; the puppy should have weighed 40 to 45 pounds, but only weighed 24 pounds. In the midst of this horrific act of neglect, we need to acknowledge the good people, like those at the Country Valley Veterinary Clinic who are caring for the physical and emotional needs of the dog.