This was the view looking west at sunset this evening. I was at the Ellis Hollow Community Center for the monthly meeting of the Dryden Democratic Committee. I was a little late in arriving. I had spent from 6 to 7:25 at the Neptune Hose Fire Company learning about the back-office business of the Dryden Ambulence Company.
I met Mary Ann Sumner (fellow Town Board member of the Emergency Services / Public Safety Committee) there, as well as Ron Flynn, the Neptune Hose Fire Chief, Dan Hill, Doug Cotterill and Bill Ackroyd.
It was a very informative discussion and review including a lot of financial information about how they operate. My goal, if nothing else, is to try to learn as much as I can about all of the different agencies and organizations throughout the town. I feel like I can only truly contribute when I know what I am talking about - instead of going on a gut feeling or on hearsay, I'd like the stakeholders to give the details and the numbers to be presented.
I'd like all of this to be made as open as possible to others understanding how things work. Unclear information leads to suspicion. If I can learn the facts, or at least try to understand to the best of my ability - and then explain those facts then I feel like I'm doing more of my job.
Tomorrow there's a joint Dryden Town Board and Village of Dryden Board meeting at the Dryden Village Hall. The fun starts at 6pm with hearings and continues at 7pm. Join us!