MOUNTAIN - to a proposed hotel bed tax to help Franklin County draw more tourists. Franklin and Hamilton are the only counties in New York without this, and local promoters, such as chambers of commerce, need more money for marketing.
VALLEY - to the Franklin County legislators who rescinded a 911 dispatch position that allowed Tupper Lake village police to shift their dispatching to the county hub. The future of emergency dispatching definitely lies in that direction - regional hubs with better technology and more professional dispatchers, using 911 instead of local phone numbers - so it's foolish for the county to flip-flop and push this expense back at Tupper Lake to save a small amount of money. It's especially galling considering that the south end of the county pays most of the taxes that benefit more north-end than south-end residents, yet south-end taxpayers are pushed back in time on 911.
MOUNTAIN - to the village of Tupper Lake for finally putting some money in the budget for a new firehouse, as promised to firefighters.
VALLEY - to Tupper Lake developer Roger Amell, who also happens to be the town supervisor, for not finishing his namesake road for the sake of his customers who bought the houses he built on it. The potholes in Amell Lane are so bad that school buses, mail trucks and other basic services won't use it anymore, a major inconvenience that has prompted one resident to seek a solution from the village board since he can't get one from the developer. Now village and town officials are talking about using state highway funds to bring the road up to par so the village can take it over, but it'd be a shame if taxpayers have to pay a bill that should be borne by Mr. Amell and his father, who bought the land and built the houses a little more than a decade ago. It's standard practice for developers to bring roads up to municipal standards before municipalities take them over. We expect that Mr. Amell, as the top town official, would not want to use tax money to do another developer's job, and taxpayers shouldn't bail him out, either.
MOUNTAIN - to Chase Twichell and Russell Banks, our area's most famous literary couple yet still down-to-earth, regular folks in their hometown of Keene. We congratulate them on international awards they received recently, which come with great prestige (as well as generous cash prizes).
MOUNTAIN - to the recently deceased Jim Goodwin, whose life displayed humility, grace, good humor and a love of guiding in a spirit of service - plus legendary knowledge of the High Peaks backcountry.