FORT ANN — Joe Loszynski, the first and only park manager for Fort Ann’s Hadlock Lake Park District, resigned earlier this month.
Town Supervisor Richard Moore said he and board members will be searching for a new park manager. The Town Board will discuss the position and how to move forward at its next board meeting 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13.
“We have to rethink the whole thing about the park manager — change it and do something different,” Moore said. “We haven’t decided that yet.”
The Hadlock Lake Park District is a special district within the town that is paid for by lakeshore residents on the 275-acre private water body. The town hired Loszynski about two years ago to be the district park manager, paying him his suggested salary of $20,000.
Prior to that, lake management had been accomplished by volunteers, including Loszynski.
The town board and Loszynski met on Sept. 13 to discuss the district’s future. Board members considered cutting the manager’s salary at an Oct. 2 workshop, in order to help balance the town’s 2019 budget. Moore had said it was time to review the position and the district.
At that budget workshop, Loszynski said if the salary were cut, he would tender his resignation, but not before finishing a lake report due to the Adirondack Park Agency.
In a phone interview Thursday, Loszynski said his resignation letter was effective immediately, but added in a phone interview on Oct. 23 that he would finish the agency report.
When asked why he decided to resign, Loszynski spoke about all the work he and others have done on the lake, which is suffering from an infestation of several invasive aquatic plants. He pointed to the budget discussion, where board members were conflicted about how to move forward with invasive species removal. Board members were weighing costs of repairing an aging weed harvester, investing in a new suction harvesting method or purchasing a new weed harvester.
There was not any vocal support the night of the budget workshop for Loszynski’s proposal to move to suction harvesting.
“I guess in summary, I just felt that the chemistry was not there between me and the Town Board,” Loszynski said, “that their perception of what the lake needs and putting, quote, ‘how do we save the lake,’ was so far away from what I felt was needed. When I hear whispering up there about a salary cut of $8,000 when I gave a two-page achievement list at the public session in September — that is not in dispute, OK? That is not in dispute. It is based on factual evidence, and when I hear that after two years of creating a professional platform for this lake, respected by everybody, taking personal biases out of it, I just felt it was time to move on.”
Loszynski added that he had offered Moore an exit interview, but one has not happened.
He’s concerned about the lake’s future and plans to serve on the Lake Hadlock Association’s board. Loszynski added that he will help provide any data or guidance to the next lake manager if asked “to make sure that, whoever assumes my position, that he or she is successful.”
“You got to go out there and work your buns off,” he added of the position. “That’s what I feel bad about. I went out and tried to position this lake the best that I could moving forward. I loved it. I don’t know what else to say.”