To the editor:
We would like to commend Jerry Maywright and Peter Hubbard for raising important questions regarding what is the definition of the cause of the problem of water quality in Cazenovia Lake.
In attacking the issue, we feel that a clear definition of the source of the problem has not been presented to the public with adequate scientific data to support the town’s conclusion of “sewers are the answer.”
Until such data is presented and reviewed, a conclusion of “we need sewers” is not justified.
In the presentation by the town engineer, he showed estimates of cost which contained contingency percentages which were woefully inadequate this early in the process.
Until at least 70 percent of the detailed engineering is complete, the contingency should be at least twice what was presented.
As has been stated many times, the town is guilty of saying, “we do not really know what the problem is, we are working hard on the solution.”
We suggest they define the problem so well that the solutions become obvious.
Bob and Joan Sampson