Monday, January 14, 2013

Watertown Pulls Plug On Electric Car Chargers | WWNY TV 7

     City Council gets an easy way out on the car charger issue, even though I think a majority was prepared to reject the placing of free electric fill-ups on city property.
     The city attorney says giving away electricity violates the State Constitution which bars outright gifts of public resources.
     Like any such situation, the ban is routinely circumvented, but in this case it provided an easy out.  National Grid had obtained a state grant to install the chargers around the state as part of a Cuomo administration overture to the greens.
     Perhaps placing the station on private property like a hotel or the Chamber of Commerce would be better, while still accessible to the travelling public.
Watertown Pulls Plug On Electric Car Chargers | WWNY TV 7 - News, Weather and Sports for | Local News

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

{Chuckle}What kind of grades did your city attorney get in law school?

Nothin' short of cowardly for a council to defer to counsel.

Anonymous said...

Ummm...that being the case where do PILOTS and sweetheart real estate deals fall in the scheme of things?

Anonymous said...

Right you are 706, When NOW rebuilt the Emerson Courts(instead of tearing it down) and the COW was tearing down houses for the empire, and all the parking lots built and plowed and maintained @ taxpayer expense, So this is OK with Sly.......??????????

Anonymous said...

Heaven forbid that Watertown catch up with the rest of the world!!!We are stuck somewhere between the 1960's and 70's with our politics and economical politics.

Anonymous said...

7:42,

If you mean that Watertown still attempts to not spend more than it takes in and tries to stay within the law, I guess you are right. Watertown is stuck in the 70's. Which does seem to be rather unusual these days doesn't it?

Anonymous said...

Ha! 7:42, what about that?
Go home and lick your wounds.