I would like to respond to your Jan. 21 article referring to the town of Adams with your Headline: Conservation Commission seeks "teeth." Subhead:With all due respect to Conservation Commission Chairman Jason Krzanowski and his seeking more "teeth" (power) for the Conservation Commission, I for one (and all the other taxpayers I spoke with concerning this article) do agree with commission member Thomas Robinson that we taxpayers already have more than enough fees and fines to contend with.
Just reading this one article alone, look who becomes involved with this proposed change in our town bylaws:
1. Conservation Commission gets more power (teeth) and even gets to use our own money against us.
2. Town counsel gets more power and less work.
3. The town administrator gets more power for what reason?
4. Of course, the town administrator’s bosses, the Board of Selectmen, get more power.
Did we forget the taxpayer again? I would like to point out that just in my personal experience, we are already dealing with more "teeth" than a great white. But putting aside my personal experience for now, just look at the involvement with our town project at the Greylock Glen: We have the town of Adams Conservation Commission, the state Department of Environmental Protection and even the feds, the Army Corps of Engineers.
This covers all things from the top of the mountain to the bottom of the valley, and even below. This especially includes the Hoosic River running through the center of Adams. Now isn’t that plenty of power? We taxpayers have lost (given away) too many powers already. This proposal should get tossed out now.
To finish, I would like to point out that many of us taxpayers have been dealing with this enormous power for decades and have paid our dues. Therefore, I believe enough is enough. Toss it.