We would like to give our own BOO to Mr. Goot of the Post Star, for not taking the time to speak to Patrick Wood before rushing to print with his article. Are you a true journalist or a puppet for Mr. Mike Eddy??
Article by Thurman Resident:
I find it very very difficult to understand or put trust in a Town Board that contributes false or misleading information to an article in the Post Star which appeared on Saturday, Jun 17th. The quote from Mr. Eddy places blame on Pat Wood for "backing out" of the highway departments participation in the digging of a trench which will house water lines under Athol Road.
First, I'd like to know why, since Mr. Eddy has sat on the board from the beginning of the planning process, did HE NOT know our town did / or does not have the proper equipment to SAFELY complete the trenching of the project. Isn't Mr. Eddy a contractor with knowledge himself in regards to these types of projects??? Misrepresentation #1 on Mr. Eddy's part.
Second, Mr. Pat Wood only approached the board about the safety of his employees AFTER the ENGINEER had already stated privately to our supervisor that he felt the town employees COULD NOT do the job by themselves for the same SAFETY REASONS. Misrepresentation #2 on Mr. Eddy's part since he KNEW the engineer's opinion prior to the "emergency meeting".
Third, at the time of the "emergency meeting" Mr. Eddy was fully aware that the board had been notified by the Engineer regarding the fact that our town employees could and should safely "ASSIST" J.W. Sheehan & Sons with the project and not risk the safety of our employees by doing the job themselves. So by publicly displaying and insulting Pat Wood's position during the "emergency meeting" by stating the highway department "should have made better preparations" insinuates that Pat Wood acted alone, when in fact he was doing as was instructed by the Engineer. Misrepresentation #3 by Mr. Eddy.
Additionally, Mr. Eddy sat at that "emergency meeting" with the blue prints / and or engineer's plans right in front of him, didn't he have the forethought and knowledge to protect the Thurman Highway crew???? Or did he use the opportunity to denigrate and infer that Mr. Woods crew was not prepared and instead Mr. Eddy was willing to risk the safety of our employees rather than agree that there may or may not be a safety issue....and SAFETY comes first...????
And lastly, Cynthia Hyde clearly stated in the "emergency meeting" that the "original plan didn't take that into consideration" indicating that the plan in place did not consider the fact that Thurman does NOT have the proper equipment to do the specified job. It is also my belief and fact based that Mr. Eddy is the ONLY town board member who sat on the previous board when the plans were being developed and resolutions made in order to bring the project to commencement and fruition.....therefore shouldn't he have done some homework and had the foreknowledge to realize that we as a town lacked the equipment to safely dig the needed trench on Athol Road. As quoted by the Post Star, Mr. Eddy indicated that he "abstained from the December vote because he did not have time to review the material" in regards to the planning and / or implementation of this Capital Project. However, at the emergency meeting which took place on June 15th wouldn't Mr. Eddy have had a minimum of 166 days in which to "review the material". (From Dec. 31 till June 15) It becomes very evident, from my perspective, that rather than consider safety and ability, Mr. Eddy has chosen to denigrate and insult one of Thurman's most qualified Highway superintendents.
Is there a reason behind this continued denigration and insinuating insults toward Mr. Wood by Mr. Eddy????? In my opinion, yes there is, ELECTION TIME. Think twice before you vote for someone who has not had experience leading a Town crew, think twice before you accept a statement as FACT when you can do your own homework and find FACTS based in False statements. The Post Star article on Saturday indicates publicly how one of our own elected officials has chosen to mislead and misrepresent FACTS.....