Ed Goetz is a candidate for one of the 4 year terms on the Town Board in the Town of Harrietstown. We spoke with Ed on the K&J show here on WNBZ.. Goetz says he’s lived here all of his life, born and raised in Saranac Lake. He has two grown sons and he says he knows the area, he knows the people, he knows the wants and needs of the area. When asked about change, Goetz says instead of sitting around and complaining about it, you should take some action and do something about it. Running for the town board is his way of making that happen. Goetz says some of those changes as he sees them is not so much for the younger people but for the older people who are on fixed incomes and are trying to pay their taxes. He hopes to resolves some of that issue and he says to do this they’ll need to cut into the budget and to do this he recommends delving into the airport budget and seeking aid from other communities.. During a recent interview with The Adirondack Daily Enterprise, Goetz said he’s “not here to reinvent the wheel,” Goetz told the Enterprise this week when asked why he’s running for town board. “I think they’re doing a nice job with the budget, but I think there’s some areas that need to be looked at and maybe changed.”
One of those areas, Goetz said, is the town-run Adirondack Regional Airport in Lake Clear, the expense of which he said is too much for Harrietstown taxpayers to bear on their own.
“I just think there should be better participation by the surrounding communities,” he said. “I think you have to present your case to them as to what it brings into their economies as far as local tax dollars. It’s substantial.”
Goetz said the town’s business park in Lake Clear, which currently has just two businesses, is a “very viable and usable” area, but it needs to be marketed better. When asked if he’d support spending taxpayer money to do that, Goetz said it would depend on the cost “so we make sure we get the bang for the dollar we’re going to put out there.”
Asked about the debate over the Remsen-Lake Placid railroad corridor, Goetz said he doesn’t think the state taxpayer money spent to maintain the railroad tracks over the years has been a worthwhile investment.
“I know what (the Adirondack Scenic Railroad) is claiming in ridership, but does it pay for itself? I don’t think it does.”
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