, Newburyport, MA


October 16, 2013

Just the basic facts on water/sewer issue

To the editor:

Comment on editorial: Our view: “State should make island’s water system woes public.”

Being a town official, not in Essex County, and owning a home on Plum Island, I feel that the town attorneys can issue a statement to the towns folk. This statement should state the facts: bolt problem (?), how many instances, dates of failures, location of failures and if an independent lab has/is analyzing the bolts. If it’s a bolt/rust problem, maybe they are stainless but the composition of metals is such that they rust-fail? Or maybe it’s a tightening issue such that they were over-torqued or under-torqued such that they vibrated/temperatures extremes caused failure or the bolts being over torqued such that they cracked and failed? The statement doesn’t have to point fingers, implicate anyone or name names — just the basic facts that the folks of both Newburyport and Newbury are entitled to know.

I was given a “bill of goods,” reluctantly hooked up, and I am paying my yearly betterment fee. I don’t want to pay one red cent more, for a problem that was not of the taxpayers’ making, and the taxpayers of both towns should start to rally in protest whether they own property on the island or not. The townsfolks deserve answers!

Thomas J. Specht


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