This week I am addressing two print items, both from the Genesee Country Express.

This week I am addressing two print items, both from the Genesee Country Express.


The Express of May 10 had a front page article regarding the village’s interest in the possible leasing of our water and sewer operations to the Livingston County Water and Sewer Authority. I would like to make it clear that a quote in the second paragraph by a trustee, at least in my mind, should not be understood to mean that our Department of Public Works workforce is unprofessional. I certainly do not see it that way. While we had a recent water scare, it had nothing to do with the operation of the filtration plant, and the condition of the sewer plant is due in large measure to age and a failure to move on replacing it sooner. Day in and day out, the operators of that plant work tirelessly keeping it on line and meeting state and federal standards. The street workers have been equally diligent in their efforts fixing drains, sidewalks, flooding issues and a host of other long-neglected problems. Yes, there have been issues in the past, but they have been due to poor management up the chain and the lack of means to get work done. Those problems have or are being addressed. We have an excellent workforce.


The other matter I want to take issue with is a statement that appeared in a letter to the editor last week. It is about me controlling the board. It is not the first time I’ve heard that remark, so now is a good time to address it. I’ll start with an overview of the village’s basic governmental structure.


Village organization is pretty much determined by the state’s Village Law. As with the state, there are three branches of government: executive, legislative and judicial. The last is optional, but Dansville has a judiciary. The executive is the mayor. I have a cabinet consisting of the department heads: clerk, police chief,