3/14/2017 7:28:00 AM Reader responds to Griffith letter
To the Editor:
Kevin (Griffith) is confused with the facts once again. This is the fourth letter to the editor I have read of Kevin's and all have the same misrepresentations of the truth. It is no wonder at the planning commission meeting one of the commission members stated don't confuse Kevin with the facts.
John Hanson's work ethic for the town has been admirable, spending relentless hours attending all the town events, town association meetings, state meeting, as well as most community activities. John is a respected representative of the town all over the state. No one should ever question John's devotion to the town.
The past two years have presented many challenges to John as the two supervisors have promoted an agenda of obstructionism. All the projects you talk about in your letter would have been completed last year without the costs, to the tax payers, facilitated by the inability of the present supervisors to make a decision. It took them four months to decide that they did not want a free sprinkler system at the pavilion you discussed. They decided to have the town crew come in on Saturday and Sunday, receiving overtime to water the grass, of course at the taxpayer's expense. They also decided that the free cleaning of the pavilion was better served by hiring another person to clean, of course again at the taxpayer's expense.
You talk about the new landing costs of which even a person of your limited abilities should understand are not apple for apple. Pouring a slab on the ground is relatively simple, but when you need to construct a coffer dam, excavate and fill to provide a stable footing and only then pour your simple slab, the cost will not be the same. Your accusations of unethical payouts to vendors by John are not only without merit, but very slanderous. As for the design work the town contracted for, the firm selected is very professional and should be given the latitude to do what is the best for the town, with the understanding that the water patrol and the ski club have some issues with the safety of the present location. To the best of my knowledge no one on the town board has the expertise to provide a suitable design that is why you hire those who do.
Your letter suggests that the town meeting have been "backstabbing and lying" that is one point I must agree with you. The present supervisors have exaggerated, been disrespectful, and lied to the extent that they have alienated the Department of Natural Resources as well as the Department of Transportation. The town did have a good relationship with both of these entities, but no longer. The supervisors of Manitowish Waters must refrain from the untruths and innuendos and no longer be obstructionists or enablers. Decisions should at no time be based on personalities or personal agendas. The fragile welfare of this community is dependent upon it.
In conclusion John is not the problem, it is not hard to determine where the fault really lies.