Despite concerns voiced by residents in numerous letters to the editor to Spotlight Newspapers, Ballston town councilwoman Mary Beth Hynes said she would serve on the Saratoga County Water Authority as the voice for Ballston.
I think it is really important to advocate for Ballston residents on the board, Hynes said.
Hynes said Tuesday night, Jan. 30, following the agenda board meeting, that it is important for Ballston residents to have a say on the county board because they committed to purchasing a minimum of 375,000 gallons of water a day from the county system when the board voted to sign the contract last March.
Due to an overlooked contractual amendment, Ballston is also contracted with the town of Glenville to buy a minimum of 36.5 million gallons of water per year until Dec. 31, 2019.
Much of the opposition to Hynes becoming a member of the county committee is from residents who said Hynes, as an attorney and board member, should have more closely scrutinized the Saratoga County water plan so as not to enter the town into two water contracts.
In a Jan. 24 letter to the editor, Ballston resident Matthew Malinoski wrote: "Mrs. Hynes and the 2007 Ballston Board trapped the taxpayers of Ballston into two water contracts."
Both Malinowski and Burnt Hills resident Paul Hill questioned the political motivation behind Hynes' appointment.
Also in a Jan. 24 letter to the editor, Hill wrote: "How did Mary Beth Hynes, who lock-step voted to swap out our current water supply to Hudson River water get appointed to the Saratoga County Water Authority?"
Hynes was a council member and voted with the rest of the board unanimously to enter the contract with the county water system in 2007, despite public outcry. Neither the Glenville contract nor the county contract has an escape clause.