When Queensbury Supervisor John Strough met with The Post-Star editorial board before the November election, he conceded he often takes on too much of the workload without getting members of the Town Board involved.
He said he needed to change that.
So it was good to see the new Town Board call out Strough this week when he recommended getting bids on just one type of electric car.
It’s not so much which electric car the town purchases that is the issue here, as the fact that the Town Board reminded the supervisor they are all in this together and they expect to have a voice in those decisions.
In our endorsement of the supervisor last October, we wrote:
“John Strough is a hard-working supervisor who occasionally fails to keep his fellow board members as informed as he should.”
In this case, Strough said he had done the research and found that one particular type of electric car was superior to the others. So the request for proposals reflected getting bids on that one type of car.
But during the meeting’s public comment period, Queensbury resident Travis Whitehead spoke up and wondered why all electric cars were not being considered.
That led to new board member Catherine Atherden suggesting, at first, that the proposal be “tabled,” then adding that the board as a whole never discussed which type of car should be chosen.
George Ferrone, who joined the board in November, chimed in his support and said he would like to see a range of electric vehicles considered in the bids.
The fact that Atherden is a Democrat and Ferrone is a Republican and were agreeing on the same course of action is another positive step forward after the problems in Queensbury last year.
While Strough continued to argue that the Chevrolet Bolt was the best car, we’re glad that he eventually acquiesced to the wishes of the rest of the board.
We want to emphasize we don’t believe for a second that the supervisor was trying to pull a fast one. We believe Strough is a tireless worker who does his research in the interest of what is best for the town, but his blind spot is team-building at the Town Board level.
The Town Board was absolutely right in objecting to the proposal the way it was written.
We encourage the board members to continue to remind Supervisor Strough in the future about taking on too much of the decision-making himself, and to remind him whenever necessary they are all in this together.
Back in the October endorsement, we also wrote: “…we believe, in the future, he (Strough) will be better when it comes to communicating with board members.”
It is clear there is still some work to be done.