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No answers yet for missing money and permits at Timberview

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LOWVILLE — Last month, a question was posed to the Lewis County Board of Legislators concerning allegations a county business failed to pay for or return numerous all-terrain vehicle permits. Timberview Lodge, 5265 Carpenter Road, Turin, entered into a contract in 2011 with the Lewis County Chamber of Commerce to sell the permits. At the end of the ATV season, the money and any unsold permits would be collected.

At Tuesday night’s monthly meeting, one resident wanted to know what had transpired with the case in the last month.

“What’s the status?” asked Floyd Rivers, Glenfield.

County officials said there was nothing new to report, as Mr. Graham said, “We haven’t gotten anything from the chamber.”

After the meeting, however, Chamber Executive Director Anne L. Merrill said that Timberview did not abide by the contract in 2011 and was not allowed to participate in the sales in 2012.

“We received about half of the money,” Mrs. Merrill said. Chamber records indicate $657.50 is missing, along with many permits.

“We just don’t know what happened to them,” she said. “They didn’t show up in our system.”

To rectify the situation, Mrs. Merrill said the chamber first contacted then-Lewis County recreational trail coordinator Robert C. Diehl.

He said the chamber should take the issue to Legislator Richard C. Lucas, R-Barnes Corners, who recommended taking it to County Attorney Richard J. Graham.

Mrs. Merrill said she left a message for Mr. Graham and sent several emails.

Legislator Philip C. Hathway, R-Harrisville, said that he had received the information in an email and would share it with Mr. Graham, who said he would look into the matter.

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