JEERS - To little results. On Jan. 12, 2012, Gloversville Mayor Dayton King named a new blight committee to study the city's problem with unsightly properties. It has been more than a year and a half, and there are few tangible results. The committee did bring to the council a nine-month moratorium on multiple-family dwellings, but the group has done little beyond that. Not much has changed with blighted city properties. Take a look at the house on the corner of Fremont and Fulton streets. The unmowed lawn looks like a field, and tires are on the property. Glance across the street and see a dilapidated house next to the Fly Shack (the former Jewish Community Center). The house is nearly hidden by overgrown bushes. Apparently, no one has the answer on how to fight the spreading blight. Yet, with the upcoming elections, we guarantee candidates will express their concerns about the problem. There are small victories, however, as you will see in the next "cheer" below.
CHEERS - To making an effort. You may have seen this man in downtown Gloversville. Usually, he's bending down with a small knife cleaning unwanted grass and weeds that have grown up in cracks of sidewalks, along the curbs and in the grates around trees. When asked why he was doing this, his reply was, "Just because it needs it." He is a resident of the YMCA residential facility, and he's trying to make a difference during whatever time he spends in the community.
JEERS - To not playing well with others. For well over a year, many have tried to remain neutral when it comes to the continuing "he said, he said" situation in the town of Broadalbin between the supervisor and the highway superintendent. The residents of this area should be shouting from their rooftops that enough is enough. Let's look at the most recent situation regarding the alleged closing of a road by Superintendent Lance Winney and his not informing the supervisor. It is a fact he doesn't work directly for Town Supervisor Joe DiGiacomo; if that were the case, there may have been a parting of ways months ago, and all of this would have stopped. Back to the subject of road closure: Shouldn't professional common sense scream out that communication was needed? These heated issues regarding cutting down trees, legal actions, time clocks, low morale, road closures and culverts all share one common thread - a lack of communication from the highway superintendent. In an October 2012 editorial, we questioned whether the road in town highway departments would be less bumpy if highway superintendents, including the heads of most town and village departments of public works, were appointed by their town boards. Considering the continued discord in Broadalbin, we haven't changed that opinion.
Here's a visual jeer to blight: A vacant house on East Fulton Street in Gloversville is nearly hidden behind overgrown bushes, as seen in this recent photo. (Photo by Bill Ackerbauer/The Leader-Herald)