Letter: Road Agent Explains Cornish Expenditures

To the Editor:

I would like to set the record straight. In “Full Plate for Voters in Cornish” (March 3), Becky Flynn, who is the wife of Dan Flynn, a former road agent and a current contender for the position, is quoted as saying that her husband would “like to try to save the town some money again, and try to keep the budget back in order because from what we see . . . it’s gone over quite a bit this year.”

I feel she is misinformed. The reason that my budget shows that it was overspent by $83,554 is because of the summer storm that caused extensive damage and road closures. As of this week, the town has received reimbursement of $81,731.06 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for expenses related to that storm. If this amount of money is factored in, the budget was, in fact, underspent by $27,269 this past year had we not had the July 2013 storm. When you consider that FEMA only reimburses 75 percent of the money needed for repairs, the town spent approximately $109,000 of unanticipated money because of the storm.

I would like to thank everyone for their support over the past three years. The job of road agent is more of an administrative job. In my many years knowing Wayne Gray and working on many job sites with him, I believe he is the right man for the job.

For the past three years, I have worked closely with the Board of Selectmen. At times this could be a bit of a struggle. I do think it might be a good time for change. Therefore, I am in full support of Dale Lawrence. In all my years dealing with any questions at the Cornish Elementary School, she has been very helpful.

Kyle Witty

Road Agent