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Town attorney retires

Spotlight Newspapers has learned that town of Ballston attorney Carlton N. Skip Potts II will not seek reappointment in January as new town supervisor, Democrat Patti Southworth, comes into office.

In a brief letter to the board dated Wednesday, Dec. 12, Potts did not give a reason for retiring after 12 years of service.

Town Supervisor Ray Callanan said on Wednesday, Dec. 19, that Potts' decision and letter had not been publicly released, nor had it been discussed, but that the board would formally accept his resignation at its next meeting Thursday, Dec. 27.

"Skip is semi-retired from his law practice, and he requested not to be reappointed, it's as simple as that," said Callanan. "It's strictly a change of regime and nothing else."

Callanan made the statement after being questioned whether Potts' decision was related to an Oct. 29 discovery by Spotlight Newspapers that the town of Ballston is bound to buy water from the town of Glenville while simultaneously being under contract with the yet-to-be-constructed Saratoga County Water System.

On March 6, amidst vocal and continuous protest from many residents, Callanan and board members Harold Townley, James Briaddy, Robert Boice and Mary Beth Hynes voted unanimously to authorize Callanan to sign a contract with the Saratoga County water system as its largest customer to date.

An overlooked, four-sentence contract clause, not reviewed until after a vote by the Ballston town council to sign on to the future Saratoga County Water System, binds Ballston's 1,800 water users to the town of Glenville water system as customers until as late as 2022.

A one-page amendment to a long-standing contract between the neighboring towns removed the release clause of 36 months advance notice by either party. In October, Potts, who was among the town board members that signed the amendment, said he had forgotten most of the parts of the contract change.

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