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If Not a Tall Ships Party, Where Should Extra Village Funds Go?

Greenport Board votes down Mayor's $5,000 party for Tall Ships volunteers - where should these funds go now?

At Monday night's Board meeting, Mayor David Nyce suggested that it would be nice to throw a party for all the volunteers who worked at Memorial Day Weekend's which drew more than the expected 50,000 people and made the village $20,000 richer, according to Nyce.

But his proposal to spend $5,000 of that money on a party was voted down by the board after public commentary against the move. Suggestions included using the money to help fund future events or to fix a plague of potholes on First Street and other village locations.

What do you think? Could an appreciation party really have hurt? Or, in these harsh economic times, should every extra penny go to infrastructure improvements? Let us know in the comments below.

Andrew F. Herrmann Jr. June 26, 2012 at 02:12 PM
Fix pot holes on first street......just a thought....
Frank T June 26, 2012 at 02:39 PM
Fix the potholes, work on infrastructure improvements and focus on bringing business to the town. By the way the town was crowded Sunday night but many stores were closed. Why not stay open later during the summer? Aldo's as usual was closed, too bad. I bet if he stayed open at night, he would be able to pay off his debt in no time. The coffee at St Green's on Main street was the best I had in a long time and it's open late.
Erin Schultz (Editor) June 26, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Christopher Rung said on Facebook: "Good Move Greenport Board! Bank it!"
John June 26, 2012 at 10:38 PM
Maybe next time you could actually send a blogger/reporter to the meeting to get a first hand sense of what the people think instead of asking asinine questions about what to do with money that may or may not be there.
Karen Danzer June 27, 2012 at 02:50 AM
how about support for the farms market. A great community gathering place on Sat. mornings.
Erin Schultz (Editor) June 27, 2012 at 04:07 PM
Gwen Groocock said on Facebook: "how about adding some low railing to the bulkhead posts in front and to the left of the grassy area at Mitchell Park so that we don't have a ten-foot drop into the water right where children play? you think that might be a good idea?"

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