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May 19, 2009 15:14:03 Masonville Resident that is sick of personal attacks   Reading the comment from Ninja makes me EMBARRASED to tell people I live in Masonville. This just goes to show that there is no moving forward in Masonville...only grudges, bad feelings and ignorance. I take it Ninja has not attended ANY Board of Education meetings or any other forum in which Mrs. Cooper has spoken. If you had you would know just how ignorant your comment is.
May 18, 2009 13:49:31 Disgusted   Mohammad Obama told the moslems that America is NOT a Christian nation. Our Great Sheik should speak for himself. HE says HE does not believe America is a Christian nation. All fifty state's constitution preambles refer to God and the Judao Christian ethic. So someone must have felt this is a Christian nation. If our Exalted Grand High Potentate had his way tomorrow morning all women in this country would be wearing "hijabs" and we all would pray 5 times a day with our B*u*t*t*s in the air to some heathen deity in Mecca. How much longer is American citizens going to stand by and see this *CENSORED* taking place?
May 15, 2009 22:51:43 NINJA   Sandra Cooper is the devil.
May 15, 2009 13:08:46 Lev. 18:22   Our blind governor is blind in more ways than one. He advocates the impossible. "Same Sex" marriage is an oxymoron. By difinition Marriage is the union of a man and woman not the union of a man with a man or a woman with a woman or a man/woman with an animal. If someone wants to live in the sin of homosexuality that is between them and God but it does not have to be sanctioned by the State of New York. While homosexuality is condemned and forbidden in several passages of the Holy Bible it is no worse than any other sin in God's eyes; but, there are sins that erode culture and society more than others i.e. murder is more harmful to society than stealing a pencil from your employer. Not only is homosexuality condemned and forbidden in the Holy Bible it is forbidden by most cultures, society and common sense. Homosexual unions are by nature unnatural and short lived. In the Netherlands where same sex unions have been allowed for a number of years the average same sex union last 1.5 years as compared to man/woman unions which last 12 years. Say a resounding NO to same sex unions in the State of New York.
May 15, 2009 08:00:36 Craig DuMond   FYI - Sandra Cooper, Superintendent of Sidney Central School, is planning an informational school budget presentation at the Masonville Federated Church on Sunday May 17th at 6pm.
May 07, 2009 21:01:37 walt buddy gilbertsen If anyone remembers me would be nice to hear from you.
May 07, 2009 20:28:52 waltgilbertsen i went to grade school at masonville i live near masonville pond. i have traveled the world and masonville pond area is still the prettist to me. It makes me home sick. I know live in NC
May 07, 2009 20:28:00 LOL (Chester)   MHF - Thank you for your information concerning Mr. Getter. I will pass the information, along with a picture of the site, to the person who requested it.
May 07, 2009 20:25:50 walt gilbertsen i missed masonville ny after 30 years
May 07, 2009 13:24:13 MHF   LOL Info on Awra (Aurea) Getter,Plot number 59 Masonville Cemetary, Pine Hill . Center back between driveways, 5th row from back driveway.
May 06, 2009 11:04:58 Chester   Anyone missing a white and orange cat? One is hanging around my place and I want rid of it.
May 03, 2009 21:46:57 just a reminder   Hello everyone I as a caring person would like to just remind you all that Town Clean Up days are May 8th and 9th!. this Friday and Satday I hope everyone clean up a little beause EVERYONE can find some little thinks to clean up or B**** about. Of your blessed and can't find anything around your house. then loan a hand to are old people Thanks everyone have a happy flowerE day !!
May 02, 2009 22:16:04 Craig DuMond   Thank you, Berti! The fire dept. should be aware of the grants you speak of, however, I will pass the info on just to be sure!
May 02, 2009 02:55:51 bertimouse   Town Government IS what is IS,Folks. You are all either INvolved or have NOT evolved,get it? -It makes no difference what the darn issue is.-HOW MANY of your children know/care/talk about/what's happening here in Masonville right now? -This will be the telling sign of things to come, eh? -Please,Yall,Consider Hard Why Masonville is SO BLESSED for the Many Ways & Means that She DOES NOT have, rather than what she lacks.
May 02, 2009 02:30:43 bertimouse   Belated Happy B-Day to you Craig; our most esteemed & Hard Working Town Supervisor! :) DEC is offering grants to local Fire Depts. now for funds to fight brush fires; did you know?...Deadline is May 30th.
April 30, 2009 19:24:25 Enough Already   I too would like to maintain farms and country, however, we cannot live in the past....and wish. There are only 2 operating dairy farms left in the Town and with the price of milk I fear the worst. Beef, swine, sheep, crop, etc will continue to be a side business for most of the others but not a main form of revenue for a family. It is a shame but it is the reality of the county the city has had it's sites on for many years. If we do not do some thing about development (I am not talking about a "downtown business sector") to generate and off set the taxes the rest of us are doomed, which is exactly playing into the City's plans for us. We simply cannot close our eyes, hope and dream the city away any longer. If we dont take care of ourselves, the city and the State are ready to take care of us and not in a good way!
April 29, 2009 23:21:41 Ranger Danger.   I'm not really a fan of business and home development. Why ruin a small town by cramming a bunch of businesses into it? Before you know it, all the farms and beautiful hills of Masonville will be gone.
April 29, 2009 21:11:56 Enough Already!   I applaud the Town Board for finally doing something about people's properties that cause a health or other law violation. Besides being illegal, they bring down neighbors property values and keep people from wanting to move here. With the State and the City taking more and more of our property it will only be a matter of time before we will no longer be able to afford our taxes! The best way we can counter this is to attract new development, homes and businesses. The "Grandfather" rule is a joke....many of us are 3rd, 4th and 5th generation residents and do not hide behind this excuse to not clean up. I know that making the Town more presentable has been a priority for the Supervisor since he was a Board member. He has done alot to move in that direction, ie the flags and new signs, etc. Now that we have a Board who appears to be reasonable concerning clean-up, I do not feel anyone on the Board is asking anyone to make their properties look like a million bucks, just clean up the mess (a lot of time shousehold garbage) and straighten up. This doesnt cost much money and if people need help I believe there are plenty of people willing to offer a hand...probably many on this site as we are still a community who cares for each other.
April 29, 2009 18:28:24 Tired.   Mr. Denys, thanks. I was just looking for a little insight, I was thinking the same thing. Bob, I don't have junk cars, I was just looking for clarification. Your the dense one for making assumptions and cussing.
April 29, 2009 13:28:15 Bob Kosztyo   *CENSORED* Tired, you are awfully dense. Get rid of the junk cars already.
April 29, 2009 06:33:42 George Denys This is just a portion of the law. It would appear that any of 1,2,3 or 4 would qualify as a junk vehicle. You should consult a lawyer if you have specific questions about the town laws. I am not a lawyer and do not give legal advise.
April 28, 2009 20:01:02 Tired.   So would it have to apply to all of those or just one?
April 28, 2009 19:27:32 George Denys From our Town Law: Junk Vehicles - Any motor vehicle, whether automobile, bus, trailer, truck, tractor, mobile home, motorcycle, motor bicycle, mini bicycle or snowmobile or any other contraption originally intended for travel on the public highways, which is abandoned, stored, left or located by its owner or any other person or is permitted or condoned to be abandoned, stored, left or located by its owner or any other person on public or private premises in the Town of Masonville, outside of a junkyard which has a permit to operate in the Town of Masonville, which vehicle: 1. Is not registered by the State of New York for operation on public highways and which has not been registered during the preceding six (6) months; 2. Is not currently registered and not in a condition for legal use on the public highways. A vehicle which is in condition to pass the requirements for the New York State motor vehicle inspection sticker shall be deemed in condition for legal use on public highways; 3. Is no longer intended to be used on the public highways, the condition of the vehicle and circumstances surrounding its storage or abandonment being admissible for purposes of determining such intent; or 4. Is being held or used for the purpose of resale of used parts therefrom or for the purpose of reclaiming for use some or all of the materials therein or for the purpose of disposing of the same.
April 28, 2009 18:19:11 Tired.   What would a junk vehicle be classified as? A vehicle without plates, or a vehicle that no longer runs for an extended period of time?
April 28, 2009 11:47:53 Just In Case...   Thank You Masonville Town Board and all that support them in going foward to help clean up our town... I dont have "generations" of blood lines but have lived in Masonville for close to 25 years. I feel that we are finally taking the right steps foward in doing what should have been done. To comment on the junk yard situation... prove proper fluid disposal with your documentation, Robin is correct, all that is documented... To whom commented on.... you moved here, live with it attitude. It's to bad you feel like this but good to know you have moved away.
April 27, 2009 22:27:17 George Denys Hello Robin, No, we do not require a complaint although that's how a few were identified. Your scenario is accurate. If the CEO or Board member sees a violating property then it is acted upon. It should be noted that many that are complained about are found not to be in violation. The bar is high..and should be. Junk cars however are pretty cut and dried. State law allows one unlicensed vehicle. Town law allows two. Not much we can do there. If we do not act then we are negligent. Some parts of this job are unpleasant. This is one of those parts. The good news is that most folks are eager to do the right thing and we are appreciative of that. Most understand that this is not personal but simply professional.
April 27, 2009 15:18:24 CrzyFlea   I moved to be closer to work. I don't make any more money than I would have before. I just don't have to go as far. I still have a nice little town in the country with fresh air to breath. My only reason to move back would have been closer to my own family so that any children in my future would get to spend more time with grandparents, aunts, uncles and extended family. Now, my point, since people like to twist things into what they think a person says, rather than what they say is this: If you MOVED into a town and start complaining about something that has BEEN THERE then it is YOUR fault you have to see something. If it is new, sure, complain. My inferences from reading all the back and forth here is that its places where things were established back in the times of our grandfathers that get the most complaints. Instances where for good or ill, the status was grandfathered in the years of our fathers. Things that are only now being complained about again because the 'new blood' gets power crazed and starts stomping around all impressed with themselves. It is really a shame. Where I am now is more like the town I grew up in, than the one I grew up in.
April 27, 2009 14:44:07 Robin   George, I agree that the town can only enforce the law. Does someone have to complain about a property before the Town does something? If so, that I don't agree with. If a Board member or the CEO is out and about and see a violating property, then they should receive a warning and the CEO should follow up. Just so people know, one of the properties that people are having a problem with is being worked on and more will be done this week and next, if all goes well.
April 27, 2009 14:02:26 George Denys The town can only clean up where laws are broken and complaints filed....not to someones opinion of what clean should be.
April 27, 2009 13:13:24 Robin   Bob, I am so glad that I wasn't elected judge, I wouldn't want to deal with the changing society and morals, as I have trouble with ignorance. Bloodlines have nothing to do with breaking laws. My whole point of what I have been saying is that clean up should be Town wide not only a few. Why is this so hard for people to understand? People move here and then want to change things, at one time I knew 90% of the people/families around here and now I know 40% or less. If you don't have the bloodlines in the town, then please remember why you moved here as these properties I have been talking about were already here.
April 27, 2009 11:21:58 Bob Kosztyo   O, I get it.....Long blood lines = Get to break the law. No blood lines...get a ticket. I see now. Glad you wern't elected Judge.
April 27, 2009 09:02:58 Robin   TOBC, You are worried about the fuilds that came out of the cars that were crushed? When a company comes in to crush cars they have regulations and laws to follow. Cars have to have all fuilds removed and accounted for, put in approved barrels and disposed of with documentation. Gas tanks and radiators have to be removed also. When the crusher came, some trees and hedgerow material had to be cut and cleared for the operation, so now you can see in the yard more. This is a catch 21, clean up as requsted (people can see in the yard more) or not clean up and the junk sits there. The trees and hedgerow will grow back. You can't have it both ways, so some patience would be nice. Alot has been done and it does take money. As far as the trailer all the appliances were removed including the hot water heater and furance. It was not buried, unlike the house at the end of Steam Mill. What happened to the water heater and other appliances? I have long blood lines in this town. My Great Uncles had a lot to do with the Fire Dept starting up, also the war memorial on the church lawn happened do to the efforts of my Great Grandmother. How far back are your blood lines in this town?
April 26, 2009 21:52:21 Chester (LOL)   Yes there are properties around Masonville, like any other populated area, that could look better; including my own, I think the point of the Town Law is to insure a safe and healthy area. I do not think it concerns itself with someones cluttered yard or the fact their dwelling is not suitable for Home Beautiful. Many factors come into the appearance of a dwelling and lack of funds is not the least. Other factors may enter into it as well. Myself is a combination of health problems and discouragement. I am not able to get out and do the things I would love to do. Thus, I become discouraged and let things go. I can barely keep up the essentials. Could I hire it done? No. The cost of such things is prohibitive to myself and many others. While I am not a life long resident of Masonville I was brought up not far from this area and I do not think out of towners are the ones only who complain about properties in the area. Yes, many who move here from elsewhere especially from downstate are concerned but look at the facts. Many of them paid a lot for their property and then put a lot of money into upgrading and improving that property and as a result are paying a lot of taxes. Of course they are concerned about the value of the that investment be it real or imagined. I am a lot more concerned about what the State of New York along with the City of New York is trying to do to me along with the entire area. How my neighbor lives is of little concern to me personally if they are not a safety or health hazard while the above mentioned enities are doing their best to insure that I will not have to worry about it as they will own it.
April 26, 2009 21:16:38 Ranger Danger.   Actually TOBC, since most of the complaints on here weren't just "picking up" it DOES take money. Example A: Siding. Who's gonna pay for that siding? Example B: Junkyard. Who's going to pay to haul all of those cars out and supply an income for those people who previously worked the junkyard? Example C: Work! Some people work ALL of the time, which leaves little time to make their property all clean and perfect for, as Tired said, "prissy" people. Cleaning takes money, and in this economy not many of us have it. I agree with Tired on that point. Not LOL, taxes or no taxes you shouldn't move to a town and then complain. It's like moving next to an airport and complaining about the noise.
April 26, 2009 20:33:22 Not LOL   Crazy Flea......You have a right to complain when you pay taxes as a member of the month, one day, 50 years. I does not matter. I bet you moved closer to the city for more money.
April 26, 2009 20:30:46 Not LOL   Quote "If you want a clean town move somewheres else" YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I grew up here and I KNOW that income and cleanliness don't have to go hand in hand. This is INSANE. We were dirt poor but didn't have any dirt on US! My mom made us pick up after ourselves. Looks like some have had a might careless upbringing.
April 26, 2009 12:58:20 CrzyFlea   I actually moved out of the area because of people with that sort of attitude. Pretty sad when a nice little small town gets invaded by puffed up people who think they're something special. Honestly, if you haven't blood in your veins that has flowed in the town for generations I don't see how you can think you've a right to complain. I'd considered moving back to start a family. I don't think I will though, sounds like the air is still polluted with runoff from the city.
April 26, 2009 11:51:48 Tony - CR-20   Sorry Grumps...Should have read "reelected" Commander! Lol...Anyway...all the best and retire when you feel you should! Tony
April 26, 2009 10:56:43 tobc   doesn't take money to pick up around a person house.No buddy gives any money. I work for what I have.
April 25, 2009 22:57:28 Tired.   If you want a clean town, move some wheres else. This is a low income area and many of us can't have our houses looking all nice and perfect for your prissy *CENSORED*. Would you like to give me money to make my house perdy? Didn't think so bub.
April 25, 2009 16:24:07 TOBC   AHHH !!!another CLASSY comment from perhaps a "targeted" person ... Is it so bad to finally have some people with guts to enforce the town ordinances. Maybe if you would get YOUR head out of the sand you would be able to see what's going on around you>>> nothing wrong with wanting a clean town.
April 25, 2009 15:54:24 CrzyFlea   TOBC, see much daylight while you do all that rump smooching?
April 24, 2009 21:12:27 TOBC   What a shame...We finally have a board in this town willing to uphold town laws with regards to ALL properties and some people feel they are being "TARGETED." Is it helpful by burning a trailer (with god knows what in it) and then bulldozing debri such as hot water heater/vinyl siding/rotten metal etc into the ground. There could be a safety hazard with that alone. Yet nothing was said about that. Now to the junkyard... 50 years or not, as most citizens are aware new laws have been passed (not just in New York State) with regards to environmental issues. One questioned that should be asked is "Where is all the by products from those vehicles gone? gas/motor oil/radiator/transmission fluid etc.".. what damage has been done to the environment including the ground water? FROM ALL THE PROPERTIES..... Thank you Ms Ryan and the other board members for finally taking a stand.
April 24, 2009 20:45:37 Grumpy Ernst Keidel "Congratulations to Grumpy Keidel...Newly Elected "Commander" of the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 200!" Thank you, Tony! However, not so newly elected. This will be my third year in a row as Commander of Chapter 200. I am pleased with this resounding vote of confidence, but am thinking I will hang up my commander's cap in 2010! I am, after all, RETIRED.
April 24, 2009 10:27:20 Craig DuMond   Yes, Yes....Congrats, Commander!!!
April 23, 2009 22:21:08 Tony - CR-20   Congratulations to Grumpy Keidel...Newly Elected "Commander" of the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 200! Keep up the great work!
April 23, 2009 22:14:36 Tony - CR-20   "Happy Birthday Mr. DuMond!" "Hope you had a great day!"
April 23, 2009 20:52:40 Ranger Danger.   Happy Birthday Craig.
April 23, 2009 20:40:13 George Denys Happy Birthday Craig!!!!!
April 23, 2009 20:35:26 Craig DuMond   Thank You, Grumpy! ...and please folks, slow down and watch out for farm equipment as well as our children. Also, as the weather warms we will see more of our equestrian friends out and about on horseback. SLOW down and pass with CAUTION. As stated, you never know whats around the bend or over the knoll.
April 23, 2009 11:37:30 Mormon Hollow Farm   This is just an awarenss notice to all drivers, on town, county or state roads, please remember that spring is here and farmers are on our highways with their tractors and farm equipment and we do not travel the speed that others do. So keep in mind that there may be a slow moving tractor over that knoll or beyond that blind curve. Drive safely and have a safe spring.
April 23, 2009 08:40:16 Robin   The only complaint I have is when tickets are being issued, they should be done to ALL in violation, Town wide. The way it is being done appears to be only a few properties.
April 23, 2009 06:24:59 Grumpy Ernst Keidel Today is the right day to wish our Town Supervisor a HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
April 22, 2009 20:59:43 George Denys Mrs Little, You are correct in that Farms (doing buiseness in excess of $10,000) and Repair Garages (Certified and displaying such certification) are regulated under seperate rules. No one is totaly exempt from everything. Our Town laws are very simplistic. The real worry comes with State (DEC) and Federal laws. No one should let themselves get on the bad side of a State or Federal agency. As an aside, the most common complaint that I recieve in this job is "Why doesn't the Town do more to clean up?" The Master Plan reflects that. To enforce or not enforce Sate law is not an option. That being said, our complaint rate is only .06%, MUCH better than most of the County. We, as a rule, are a compliant town.
April 22, 2009 20:39:32 George Denys Mr. Reynolds, our Town Building Inspector and Code Officer, is NYS Certified and is current in all training. Copies of his certification may be viewed at the Town Clerks Office. The law reguarding junk cars is actualy a State law. Our Town law is more leanient.
April 22, 2009 19:03:38 bertimouse   Happy EARTH DAY Everyone! Did you plant something green today? :) I always thought a good thing to do was to have a "town greening" or planting day on this date...Perfect time! :)
April 22, 2009 13:33:20 Robin   Kathy, Why would you think you are the person the comments are directed at? Is our CEO completely certified? Local Law may have been passed in 1995, but the junkyard I am refering to has been there since the 1940's. If you are looking to have complaints before the CEO is asked to look into the matter, then I would like to complain that there are violations on many roads (State Hwys, County, and Town). I only want to file this complaint if the properties I am talking about (which you seem to know which ones) are going to be made to clean up. I one property has to clean up then all properties should have to clean up even if it is a business or farm. A person was told that farms and a garage that does business are exempt. I have properties next to me that I don't like the looks of, but I just look the other way. Wouldn't life be boring if we all lived the same and did everything the same? Please understand that what I have said is my opnion and only mine. I will continue to do what I can to help people, if they need it and want it.
April 22, 2009 12:19:44 LOL   Anyone know the status of the signs for the cemetery on County Rte 20 and the cemetery on State Rte 206? Quite some time ago I offered to make and erect signs for these sites but was informed it was being taken care of. Over the years I have taken, probably, several thousand pictures of memorials in cemeteries in Delaware, Chenango and Broome counties for three different genealogical societies and my own collection of unusual memorials. Signs on cemeteries are extremely important to those doing research. Over the years cemeteries tend to be known by more than one name and it can become confusing if there is not an official posting of the name. i.e the cemetery that my parents are interred in was known by one name when I was a kid and is now known by another. While the two old cemeteries here in Masonville see rare interrments it is still important to keep them up to date.
April 22, 2009 09:48:55 Kathy Ryan - Town Coundil Hello Everyone - I am a member of the Town Council and would like to reply to the comments I am sure were directed at me. I would like you all to know that the Town Council DOES NOT target anyone. When I request action by the Code Enforcement Officer, it it because I have received a complaint from one or more concerned citizens. I am doing the job I was elected to do. Believe it or not we do have a few laws in Masonville - specifically Local Law No. 3 - passed in 1995 - long before I became a resident here. Town Laws can be found on the Officlal Town Website - the link can be found on the home page of this site - lower right side of page. Apparently some folks are under the impression that because their junk has been there for so long, they are "Grandfathered" and do not have to comply. This is FALSE as per the Town Code Enforcement Officer. Don't Forget - Town Clean Up days May 8th and 9th!
April 22, 2009 09:25:52 Robin   Bob, you may feel that the Board or Board member(s) don't target, but I see that they do. I know that one property has been picked on. They wanted a house trailer removed within months after they got a new double wide, meanwhile there has been other properties that have new trailers before this property and they still have the old trailer or falling down home on the property. Now they are complaining about junk that has been there for 50+ years as it is a junkyard. The same family still owns the property and it had a permit for a junkyard therefore it should grandfathered in, but the Board or member(s) won't accept it. Another property cleaned up what was asked of them last year and now they are telling them that they want more done, even get rid of cars that are not on thier property. The board may not being targeting you, but others are being targeted.
April 21, 2009 23:07:00 Bob Kosztyo   I don't think the town board is targeting anyone. I got a ticket once and it was because someone complained. They didn't come target nieghbor flipped me in and the Code guy had to write a ticket. He didn't want to but its my understanding that once they get a complaint they got to. Mr. Dumond was real good about it. I did not know it at the time but its state law about the one car with no plates thing.
April 21, 2009 16:37:03 CrzyFlea   Wondering: When your pay is influenced by your ability to be reached be it at home, or on the road, cell phones are important. They get abused more than used, but there are pros to go with the cons you can think of, and they can be turned off. Just because someone has one and uses it doesn't necessarily mean they think they're all important or that they are glued to their phone. Some people use them responsibly. I have one for work, for when I'm on the road in case I break down. I have my voice mail pickup state that I may be out of service, include a number I can be reached at if I'm not going to be in service and have access to a land line. If not, I state a time when I'm due to check my messages again, as well as I make a point of twice daily (when weather permits) checking my voice mail messages, despite that I have to travel one of the following: the top of boces hill out onto the flat on steam mill, the bainbridge end of butts road the top of sidney mountain dropping over to the top of dunshee hill heading towards sidney center. Personally, I think everyone should have one for when they can get service and have a situation where dialling 911 could mean life or death. Like anything else though - there are those that get addicted, and abuse the convenience and use of cell phones.
April 21, 2009 15:23:48 Wondering   MY MY What ever did we do before having a cell phone hanging out of our ear? Suddenly everyone has become so important that they cannot ever be away from a phone.
April 21, 2009 15:07:03 CzyFlea   Grumpy, most non pay as you go phones offer call forwarding to landlines. It depends on the carrier how it is handled but if you were willing, they could always set that up as well. Of course, nothing is a perfect fix to the cell phone issue, other than our getting a tower, but there are measures that sometimes help. I for one would love to have regular cell service in town. I'd never have to be stuck with regular phone again.
April 21, 2009 14:48:14 Robin Little   LOL, I agree that it is one's own business to do with their property as they wish as long as it isn't a health or safety hazard. But if the Town is going to pick on a few then they need to pick on all. There are to many busybodies out their. Sometimes people need to "Put on your big girl panties and deal with it." Meaning don't look at it and stop pointing fingers at others.
April 21, 2009 14:13:35 LOL   Robin - I do not know anything about the places you mention but, as I said if they presented a safety or health hazard then probably someone should have done something about getting it back in a safe or healthy state. As far as a person's property not "looking" the way someone wants it to look that is no ones business including the Town Board. Any politician who approaches me because he/she does not like how my place looks had better be ready to defend themselves. My feeling is if someone does not like the "looks" of my place; don't look, or move someplace else. We have way too many self-appointed, self-righteous busybodies telling us what to do as it is. I tend to my own business and expect everyone else to extend me the same courtesy regardless of their imagined importance in the community.
April 21, 2009 13:19:28 Robin Little   LOL, the Town Board does police our property. I know for a fact that they have targeted certain properties and have had the CEO issue citations. How do I know? My husband has in the past and at the present time helping people on Route 8 and Steam Mill Road. Some people more that once after more was wanted done by the Board or Board member. Why would anyone look at something they find unpleasant?
April 21, 2009 11:40:17 LOL   Robin - My reference to Eastside/Westside was an attempt at humor. (Poor though it may be.) Having the town council play the part of "property czars" would go over like a lead balloon. It is not the job of ANY politician to police my property. We live with enough "control" as it is without adding too it. If neighbors want to live with junk in their yard so be it as long as it does not impose a health or safety hazard. We spend way too much time worrying about someone else or what someone else is or is not doing. I had the misfortune to live for a short time in a community where they told you what you could plant in your yard, how long your grass could be, what color your house could be, etc. As you might guess I was not well liked as I deliberately disobeyed the the "rules". My grass was never less than a foot high. I put up a large sign reading "Wildlife Refuge - Keep Out". No Robin I am not a transplanted "downstater". I was brought up about 12 miles from Masonville. Not far from me is a young fellow who supplements his income by selling firewood. He has piles of firewood piled right along the road. Does not seem to bother NYS and it does not bother me. So, what I am attempting to say is: "Live and let live."
April 21, 2009 09:20:04 Robin Little   When did our little hamlet become NYC with Eastside/Westside? Instead of pointing out the bad, why not try to help. People would be more receptive if we approach them in a kind matter. As the old saying goes "You get alot more flies with honey, then vinegar." I have looked around my own place and see that there are things that need to be cleaned up. My hobby is nature photography and I drive around our town a lot. In my travels I see a lot of junk on property, if I don't like it I turn my head 90 to 180 degrees and look else where. I agree that the junk and eye sores should be cleaned up or put out of sight, but if the Town Board is going to make people clean up their property then they need to make everyone and not just a certain few. Since we have four Councilmen, let them divide the town into 4 areas and look at each property (either it be residence, business or farm), make a list, mail out a request to clean up, go back and check, and if they haven't then issue a citation. My husband and I try to help anyone who ask for help to clean up their property. When you pick your hand up, try to lend it instead of pointing a finger. By the way I have grown up in this town, made the choice to stay here and I am not hiding behind another name in fear.
April 20, 2009 22:11:52 Ranger Danger.   Well now, that was quite random.
April 19, 2009 22:50:37 NINJA   BLARG
April 18, 2009 08:00:16 Jesse   I am going to be installing a new roof soon. I was thinking about using a steel/metal roof. Does anyone have one of these? When it rains is it noisy? Any suggestions?
April 17, 2009 19:28:42 Grumpy Ernst Keidel Thank you, Flea! Yet that doesn't help the problem of my sons and other visitors not being able to receive urgent messages while they are visiting with me. Emergencies are by their very nature unplanned, thus it is possible to receive a voicemail message long after the the emergency has passed, perhaps to a bad end. I am current having a lot of work done around my home and the contractors are "antsy" because their customer base cannot reach them while they are here.
April 17, 2009 15:41:02 Craig DuMond   Tires not on rims are free!
April 17, 2009 13:07:33 Ranger Danger.   Are tires off the rims free to drop off?
April 17, 2009 11:51:28 Craig DuMond   The Town of Masonville will be sponsoring our annual Clean-Up Days at the Highway Department Garage on May 8th and 9th from 7am to 5pm each day. There will be a small service charge for the following items due to increased charges at the Delaware County Landfill: 1. Tires mounted on rims ($1) per tire 2. Electronic Items (TVs) ($5) per unit The following Items will NOT be accepted: 1. Construction Debris 2. Chemicals, including paint 3. No household garbage Please take advantage of this service and help make Masonville a cleaner place for all of us!
April 16, 2009 18:23:15 CzyFlea   Grumpy, some of your neighbors might be able to show you where the 'phone booth' is right up there on steam mill. Its touch and go at times, but it works best at dusk on slightly overcast days. You can get voice mails and text messages quite often within a mile or two of your place without leaving the security of the gated community.
April 16, 2009 13:23:16 Grumpy Ernst Keidel My sons don't like to come visit me because while they are here they are simply incommunicado! I hope we get a cell tower soon. The world has gone to cell technology and many people don't even have a landline phone anymore. Some of my professional friends don't like to visit because they can't be reached on their phones and miss important messages. Also, my niece spends hours on her phone, texting with her friends; but only while we're out of Masonville.
April 15, 2009 23:20:11 Ranger Danger.   Some cells are good in parts of Masonville, it depends on your provider. I know for a fact that Verizon and Net10 both work on Steam Mill Road, and Net10 works down at BOCES. As for the other providers, I have no clue. Someone actually managed to get service by my house down near Ivanhoe when they hit a deer a couple years ago.
April 15, 2009 22:07:44 bertimouse   I'm reminded of that old song;"East side,West side,all around the Town..."Yall have certainly entertained & warmed my heart reading all the recent goings on lately. Lord how I've missed being here in my beloved little Hometown. I come home now with my physically disabled older brother whom I inherited from Mom;who will be living with us now so if you see a new face around Town that's him & BTW?He is a very gentle & loving person in need of some new friends;though he's big & maybe a little different looking,he wouldn't hurt a FLY so Yall BETTER BE NICE & welcome him here or you'll have to answer to ME& heck hath no fury like me protecting my family,OK?Nuff said about that.-On a more funny note folks:hey we are "East-siders" which we've noticed is WAY more dusty-roaded than the West side,but we here have fast ROAD-RUNNER internet & cable OR satellite TV, ha ha. DSL Internet BLOWS...we had that in Unadilla where they hadn't strung the cable yet;would've cost us $1.00 a foot to install it 13 years ago;they still don't have it.-They say that the condition of the DSL is dependent on the existing phone lines coming into the house-best thing to do they said was to re-run ALL the phone lines into the house but,digital phone also BLOWS because if the power goes out(rarely on our East side, ha ha but more often in Unadilla)you lose everything: phone,internet&TV. At least over in Unadilla&Sidney you still may have cell phone service,but 1)cell phones never worked here amen for that we say;gotta have a land line here we say.2)In the next flood you'd be best off high&dry in Masonville. We are independent.We will always be independent & proud of it. I like to think that We Live Simply,Love Generously,Care Deeply,Speak Kindly and Leave the Rest to God. :)
April 15, 2009 16:50:52 LOL   Perhaps worrying about how someone does or does not keep the property where they live is needless worrying. I hear people say they "own" a piece of property. No, they are allowed to live there and pay the taxes on it. Stop paying the taxes and you will discover who actually "owns" it. If it is mortgaged stop making the payments and once again you will discover who "owns" it. If a government enity wants the property for the "good of the whole" they will take it whether you are agreeable or not. Case in point - I have a neighbor near me that lives in a house that once set a piece of property that is now part of I-88. Or ask many people who once lived in the fertile watershed of the Catskills. I have a gray squirrel running around my place and he has a lot more claim to this property than I do. He does not pay taxes and no one is going to foreclose him for non-payment of taxes or mortgage. The little cuss does not mow the lawn, paint or fix up. All he is concerned about is how to get his fair share of seeds from my bird feeders. So, friends live and let live sit back enjoy life do not worry about your neighbors. All of you can't be lucky enough to have ME for a neighbor <GRIN>.
April 15, 2009 16:12:17 Rt206er   Posted by RT206er in April 2008: In regards to anonymous posts to the message board. I do not post my name because Masonville is a small town. I would like to have my ideas heard on here without my name. If I go to town board meeting then will may say what my thoughts are. This may seem cowardly, but I do feel more comfortable to say what I feel like here. I have never seen a message board online that ever had peoples actual names posted. Like it or not that is why I don't post my name. I have lived here my whole life and I know how things can be. It's not like this is read at the town board meetings. This is a place that I think is good for people to put their thoughts that would not be heard normally. I won't keep rambling on....those are my thoughts and opinions so be it...thanks to anyone that has listened. EXCEPT FOR THE FACT THAT HE WAS TALKING *CENSORED* AND GOSSIPING ABOUT OTHER PEOPLE. Does anyone know who lives in that house ? Wholy cow you better call the siding police !
April 14, 2009 22:27:47 CzyFlea   hey, 206er (and anyone else for that matter who might have the audacity to complain about their neighbors) if you don't like how this town is, go back where you came from, or whatever rock you crawled out from under. You didn't get forced to move here, so don't try to change it. If you're a local and you've got your panties in a twist because of someone up the road, or down the road, remember, when on the public roads, you should be paying attention to the road, not what is off on the right or left.
April 14, 2009 22:08:16 Tony - CR-20   LOL...Thank you for the information
April 14, 2009 20:45:15 wshbown   thanks to all for the phone company
April 14, 2009 15:13:01 Ranger Danger.   Ahh. I need to proof read more. That should say lose, not look.
April 14, 2009 15:11:44 Ranger Danger.   LOL, I have lost my Frontier internet several times in the past few weeks. I know it's not just me, because my sister is supplied with Frontier internet as well and hers goes down the same as mine. I can always tell when it goes off and on because it boots me off Xbox Live when I look my connection. And you all know how us younger people are with our video games. No regrets on the phone service though, the unlimited local and long distance (within NY) is definitely a plus. If I remember correctly, we pay about the same for our internet. By slow, I meant that it was slow on average from other DSL services I have seen. I may just need to upgrade my router though. Worth the price, but I wish it wouldn't go out so often.
April 14, 2009 14:50:19 LOL   Dianne - Siding off your house?? A Naked house? How shameful to appear in public naked and not only that it might catch cold!!
April 14, 2009 14:46:32 LOL   Tony - I have the fastest internet hookup that Frontier offers along with the unlimited long distance and all the other goodies such as call waiting, call forwarding etc. I am paying $108.00 per month. I think you still live within the distance required for DSL hookup. I think the requirements are still you have to be within a 15 mile radius of the router switch. The router for this area is in Masonville in back of the convience store. RangerDanger said Frontier internet is slow. I was among the first 10 people to sign up for DSL when it became available in the area and have only had it go down perhaps 5 times in that time. My download and upload speeds are above what they advertise. But then again I am somewhat of a computer geek so that may account for some of my success. you might also look into satalite internet. I had it for a short time. It is expensive and I had all sorts of problems with drop out with the least bad weather. The other option, of course, is a T-1 or T-3 line. It would only cost you 5 or 6 thousand plus a few hundred a month <Grin>.
April 14, 2009 14:33:41 Dianne   Thats NOT my house. We took the siding off to replace our windows and doors. It is waiting to be put back on. As far as picking up the neighbors garbage, that makes no sense what so ever. Make them pick it up ! Yes, some places are quite discusting as far as piled garbage. What can you do ? Really unless it ends up on you. And the siding issue is nobody's business
April 14, 2009 13:45:59 Tony - CR-20   Frontier phone service with Internet access...what does that average a month? Thanks for any information you can provide.
April 14, 2009 13:40:02 funsucker   As far as keeping the area clean, my family has to pick up the neighbors trash every year. We live on 206 and between the siding coming off one house and the trash from the trailer next to it. It has become a chore every year. It's getting old..
April 14, 2009 12:35:30 Ranger Danger.   Actually, it would depend on where they live. Some people in town have their phone supplied from other companies. For people like me, the only option is Frontier. After a certain distance from town I believe the other companies refuse to run lines/cables. Not enough interest I guess. On another note, I HATE frontier internet. It's extremely unreliable and slow. But I don't think I can get anything else out where I live.
April 13, 2009 22:25:07 LOL   wshbown - Frontier.
April 13, 2009 21:46:19 wshbown   can anyone please tell me the phone company in the area thanks
April 13, 2009 21:16:32 Broke but Clean   OK...bring money. I cannot afford much but at least I keep my place clean! Soaps cheap!!
April 13, 2009 17:15:56 RT 206er.   Yes, there are other ramshackle houses on 206. It seems to be the norm from what I've seen. We all need to start doing our part to beautify the community.
April 13, 2009 16:52:14 LOL   What in the world is happening to this country (as if I did not know)? Easter egg roll on the White House lawn paid special homage to same sex parents with children. What the "H" ever "samesex parents are" I would love to witness how they go about making a baby!! Messiah Obama bowing before the king, sultan, high mucky muck, omnipotent potentate or what ever he is, of Saudi Arabi.
April 13, 2009 16:12:30 RangerDanger   That man always seems kind of Grumpy to me! Even us east siders are scared of him. =)
April 13, 2009 15:56:13 LOL   Yeh RangerDanger there is one guy on the Eastside that we on the Westside are particullary scared of. Your Mayor. The one with the beard and leather hat that lives on Steam Mill road and hangs out at the Crecent Wrench cadging coffee !!!
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