2018-11-07 / Mailbag

Tennis community wants money back

To the Editor:

An article in the Oct. 10 issue of the News reported a contentious exchange that occurred at the Sept. 12 Fleischmanns board meeting. The tennis community offers this response.

A simple appropriately presented request to release our money to purchase lumber for construction and replacement of a broken bench before Labor Day, and the subsequent two months of delaying tactics by the board was the spark that ignited our request that the entire escrow fund, as titled be transferred from the village’s auspices to Community Bank.

The money would not be “in private hands” as erroneously stated by the Mayor. The limitations for withdrawal would remain the same. The critical difference would be that if not constrained by the board’s authoritative control we would have the availability, accessibility, autonomy, and safe guards that we deemed necessary to enable us to continue our financial and decision making stewardship of the courts, the success of which has been amply demonstrated for the past four decades.

The “Tennis Community” is a valid entity; a citizens group with legally recognized status. A precedent was established in 1981, set forth by the state comptroller: “a village treasurer can properly hold funds for a citizens group. It is the citizens group not the village who direct disbursement of funds.”

All the money in the escrow fund was acquired by intensive fund raising efforts and the generosity of our supporters to be utilized for court maintenance, equipment, improvement and any community projects deemed worthy of our under writing. (For example, the fountain and bleachers for the park.) How much, for what and to whom is to be determined by the Tennis Community, not the village board.

Decisions regarding appropriate expenditures are made not unilaterally but by a consensus of the Tennis Committee. At present there are five committee members, all of whom are village residents, are avid tennis players, have impressive professional backgrounds, and have been actively involved with numerous other community organizations, boards, and projects.

The phenomenal court complex stands as testament to our capabilities and accomplishments.

The Mayor and board members were elected to their positions specifically to facilitate sustaining the village at functional, productive, financially balanced levels. This is a Herculean task that requires an input; planning tactical strategies, and wisdom in execution. With a full roaster of monthly existential issues, every effort should be made to avoid transforming non-issues into escalating confrontations.

We believe that the village’s governing body and the Tennis Community share the same aspirations and objectives to enhance the courts, the park, the village, to expand facilities that are beneficial to the physical, psychological and social quality of life. It is our goal to work cooperatively together rather than foster the counter productivity of being at odds with each other,

Perhaps by working together we can serve as a model, writ small for the mutual respect and compromises that are needed for harmonious relations between opposing factions; locally, nationally and globally.

Sindy Becker,

Editors note: Last weeks News omitted the last part of this letter. We reprint the entire letter here with our apologies.

News contributors present history program

“Artists Who Fished the Catskills” will be the focus of a presentation by noted author Ed Van Put, together with his wife Judy, author of the News’ “Hook, Line and Sinker” fishing column. The couple will talk about both the artists who fished the Catskills and the art found in fly-fishing. The program will be held at Morgan Outdoors in Livingston Manor. On Sunday, Nov. 11 at 3 p.m.

The Catskill Mountains have played a dual role in American history. They not only attracted our country’s earliest and foremost trout fishermen, but also many of our first and finest artists. The presentation focuses primarily on the artists from the Hudson River School of Landscape Painters, including Thomas Cole, Asher B. Durand, and Worthington Whittredge.

There are many beautiful landscape paintings, some of which may be familiar; others will allow the viewers to appreciate what these artists found as they hiked, fished and traveled, particularly in the fall, through the Catskill Mountains. Their paintings brought the public closer to nature and as such, spurred tourism and an appreciation of the environment.

Judy will present the program and explain how fishing and art often overlapped; after which Ed will answer questions - either on the subject or on fishing in general.

Ed is the author of Trout Fishing in the Catskills, the comprehensive history of Catskill fishing; as well as The Beaverkill: The History of a River and its People, both of which will be available for sale and signed by the author.

This program is offered in concert with the “Streams: art in motion” exhibition currently on display at Morgan Outdoors, which is made possible in part with funding from a Sullivan County Arts and Heritage grant, funded by the Sullivan County Legislature and administered by the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance.

Morgan Outdoors is located at 46 Main Street, Livingston Manor, NY. Hours are: 10-6 Monday - Saturday, 10-4 Sunday. www.morganoutdoors.com

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