I am writing this letter as a response to a recent letter to the editor labeled "Drug lab controversy" that appeared in the August 20th edition. I am a resident of the area and have had the pleasure of working for Old Lycoming Township for the past five years. I have recently left and taken employment elsewhere but felt that I had to do my part to set the record straight.
The supervisors that are in office have been some of the most professional and morally sound individuals that I have ever had the opportunity to work with, attending meetings three and four times a week for various different committees involving the township. In the most recent letter to the editor these township officials are being labeled as anything but that.
Any resident that believes what they are reading about the methadone clinic or the water withdrawal should know some simple facts. When the clinic was presented to the township for its occupancy and intended use, it was presented simply as a family practice. As far as the water withdrawal, let it be known that before the Old Lycoming township officials even knew of this that it was approved by the Susquehanna River Basin Commission. This commission trumps the decision that the township has to allow or to disallow it in its entirety.
The elected officials are working toward a solution, not in their best interest as individuals but in the best interest of Old Lycoming Township and it residents. Like everything else in this world, the three officials have mandates, regulations and laws that they to must follow as public servants. These laws and regulations must be observed while trying to make the best decisions for the future of the municipality.
I'm not sure why anyone in their right mind would undertake that kind of burden for what they are compensated! The residents of Old Lycoming Township need to become more active in attending these meetings and get the real story for themselves.
Former Old Lycoming Township employee
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