Don Lehman Jan 24, 2017
Lost in the uproar over the resignation of Thurman Supervisor Evelyn Wood is the fact that she is the second supervisor in a row to resign their post in Thurman because of the behavior of the people they represented.
That says a lot about what is going on with government in that town, unfortunately.
Wood and town Councilman Jey Youngblood stepped down Friday, as they dealt with a new majority on the board that is part of a group that has continuously caused disturbances and resulted in police being called to Town Hall during numerous meetings.
I covered former Supervisor Lawrence "Red" Pitkin when he stepped down because of a "health issue related to the position" of supervisor. Town Councilman James Ligon resigned at the same time.
Cynthia Hyde, who took office as a Town Board member this month, was town clerk when Pitkin and Ligon walked away.
Pitkin followed Supervisor John Haskell, who was ousted from office after a felony fraud conviction.
Pitkin's health problems seemed to correct themselves after he left town government, as I frequently saw him around the county center as he resumed a career after his resignation.
When you have two supervisors in a row step down because of the way residents act toward town government, and the supervisor before that gets hundreds of votes after his felony conviction, you have some systemic problems.
One emailer I heard from suggested that Thurman be split up between the neighboring towns of Johnsburg, Stony Creek and Warrensburg. The suggestion was meant as a joke, but maybe it's not so far-fetched after all.
-- Don Lehman
Here is a VERY SMALL “sampling” of some of our town residents at work:
Thurman’s own, SALLY WALLACE