There appear to be two different versions of a letter from Dennis Ryan announcing his withdrawal from the bid process for the Setting Pole Dam… His company, ECOSponsible had originally offered $450,000 for the purchase of the Setting Pole Dam and the surrounding property. The bid itself was contingent upon the approval of Ryan’s attorney. Kirk Gagnier is the Attorney for the Town of Tupper Lake. He says the bid was in fact contingent on attorney approval and so the legal procedure for withdrawal has been accomplished.. Gagnier says there are several different ways for a municipality to sell a piece of property.. One of which is for the board to declare the property surplus and put it out to auction… In the case of the Setting Pole Dam, he says, there was a single bid which was approved by a vote of the Town Board. The approval would have been subject to a permissive referendum.. At Tuesday’s Meeting of the Town Board, Supervisor Roger Amell asked Councilwoman Kathleen Lefebvre to read a letter which he handed to her and she read in it’s entriety. Meanwhile, a different, signed copy of the letter was presented to the board by Councilwoman Patti Littlefield… Littlefield said her version didn’t have anywhere near as many paragraphs and didn’t go after issues related to the Dam and the board’s attempt to sell the dam. Councilman John Quinn Continued the discussion by re-asserting his position on the sale of town property. “I will say this for the third time, I believe the taxpayers of the town should ave a fair and reasonable estimate of the value of the property through an appraisal prior to it’s being sold to anyone.”
During the debate prior to the resoluition to accept the letter of withdrawl from ECOSponsible’s atorney, Amell allowed participation from the audience. That decision created a heated back and forth among the Supervisor and several participants in from the Audience. One Participant, Rick Detola finally provided some sanity to the argument suggesting that any businessman would have made a similar decision based on the facts in the case and it wasn’t the fault of anyone on the board that ECOSponsible withdrew it’s bid.