David Waters does not want it to go away.
At the Whitehall town board meeting on Feb. 11, Waters approached the members of the board about new findings after appointed highway superintendent Louie Pratt completed his inventory review of the town garage.
“In January, Louie found that there were extra acetylene tanks that had been charged to the town between 2006 and 2009 that the town was not using and they were not at the garage,” said Waters. “He stopped the orders, and then he found the extra tanks in his next inventory.”
After Waters approached the board, members discussed the need to talk about the issue in executive session.
“Would you like to have an executive session over this matter?” town supervisor, Vernon Scribner, asked.
Waters and the board went into executive session, and returned voting 4-1 against further investigation into any possible wrong-doing at the town garage.
“I asked the other four what they wanted to do,” said Waters. “The board voted 4-to-1 to drop any investigation.”
Waters said that what concerns him is the questions that he has been asked about the situation throughout the town.
“The taxpayers are saying that with all these free things going on and watching nothing happen, they want to know what’s going on,” said Waters. “Somebody’s got to be held accountable. My point is that the taxpayers want something done.”
“We have had the Sheriff’s Department investigation and they said that there was nothing there to make a charge with,” said Scribner. “The matter was given back to us as a board.”
“I am only one vote,” said Waters. “The will of the board is not to continue.”
Waters said that he is weighing other options.
“I have talked with some attorneys and they say that there is a case there,” said Waters. “I am looking into different avenues to investigate this, because people want something to be done.”