Canandaigua fines its supervisor $250 for stolen water

It’s not every day that a town fines its own supervisor.

But it happened Monday in Canandaigua, where the Town Board approved a measure fining Supervisor Greg Westbrook $250 for a fire hydrant outside his home that was improperly turned on.

It could’ve been worse for Westbrook. The offense is punishable under the town code by the fine or 15 days in jail or both.

“I don’t know that he’d look good in that black-and-white striped suit,” quipped Town Board member Terry Fennelly before the vote.

The hydrant is situated on a roughly 17-acre parcel of land that Westbrook owns on a hillside overlooking the western shore of Canandaigua Lake. Westbrook recently built a 3,500-square-foot home there off a winding private driveway on Onnalinda Drive.

Town Manager Doug Finch explained that a town Water Department employee making routine rounds late last month discovered that the hydrant had been opened. He said the employee reported that water wasn’t flowing from the hydrant at the time, but that the hydrant had a hose attached to it and that water had been accessed.

“When it was brought to my attention, we said we’d treat it like any other situation and that there had to be remedies,” Finch said. “Obviously, there’s a little bit of a situation in that the town supervisor was the property owner. That’s not quite the norm.”

Finch couldn’t say why the hydrant was opened.

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