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October 01, 2013 22:59:53 Pamela Walker pwalker@frontiernet.net Its people like you young man Reed Scott why i love my job and have been doing it for 23 years and hope to continue for 23 more. I am all about the people in this Town and by now I know each and everyone of you in one way or another and proud to be your Town Clerk.
October 01, 2013 18:58:52 12 year old hunter   I would like to let everyone to know that Pam Walker allowed me to come over tonight at 6:30 after school and after my parents got home from work to get my hunting license. Thank you Mrs. Walker.
October 01, 2013 13:24:27 The Reaper   Oh Shear Roads Starting To Call To Me.....The Joy Of Hunting Is Not Far Away !
September 30, 2013 23:37:39 what?   OLD FA RT, the magic 8 ball says; 'Outlook good', 'Ask again later'. Ha, ha, my name is earl says; "I think the Dr. is spam." There are many 'Masonville bears' now,the population has grown.
September 30, 2013 19:29:37 OLD FA RT   Hey Dr.UKAKA,can you see if am going to get the big bad masonville bear his year?
September 28, 2013 10:44:33 EX Observer   PWalker I think the dog you found is a drop. It was near County Rte. 20 the other day and then was in my yard for a time but my lab scared it away. I had a nice beagle come to the house last summer; a drop. I finally took it over to Heart of the Catskills animal shelter.
September 28, 2013 00:45:00 Pamela Walker Pwalker@frontiernet.net I have a brindle pit bull found at the bottom of Steam Mill running 206 brought him home very friendly love my girls (Dogs) but can not keeps please help me find its owner call 265-3537 don't know what to do!!!
September 25, 2013 18:11:28 cabin fever   I was making a \"wise arss\" statement,think about it!!!! Cut his pay by twenty grand then what??? Hire another guy with pay and benis could add up to sixty grand total. I can\'t kid around on this \"serious\" message board. The town it made with this present situation that really has gives no job security at all for the current highway supt...........maybe the next guy can make your dreams come true.
September 25, 2013 14:29:21 Broke   I agree with Cabin Fever let's cut his time and pay. No lets have him do his job as a manager and cut his pay in time. Nobody told him to operate equipment or paint trucks he choose that with that pay. Cut his pay and benifits to what is reasonable for the position, Look at the other towns quit acting like he is being picked on read his job dicription.
September 23, 2013 18:20:05 EX Observer   According to the men laying the cable in the ditch and on the new poles near me they said at this time it was strictly a data line for Time Warner. But I too wonder as they put a drop loop on the new pole on my property and another on a new pole on my neighbor's property. Actually the line goes on down 206 to at least Butts Road.
September 23, 2013 15:02:55 Just another Tax Payer   Does anybody know of any plans to "hardwire" Masonville for Cable TV. I saw them running CATV wire between CR-20 and RT 8 a few weeks ago but couldn't stop to ask. Thank you for any information...
September 23, 2013 13:30:47 What2?   Mr. tiska - i am sure the folks along rte 8 would like their sidewalks repaired at everyone else's expense!!! hell, I would like it to if i were them! the rest of the people who live in the town may not feel the same way about it. if you are running for board maybe you should see what the opinions of everyone is before you stick your neck out there to only represent the monority...just trying to help you out!
September 23, 2013 13:03:46 steve tiska   to what2 my written prior notice clearly addressed only the walk way on route 8 .the issue that you bring forth is not mine. if you pay attention to town business you will see that in the august 7 2013 minutes that town board already was looking for a grant for sidewalk repair.it was the board who spoke of a sidewalk district not me. if you look at the sidewalks on rt8.they need a little housekeeping . a days work . my action was well received. by those living along the sidewalk. now anyone walking along route 8 is protected. the clean up is very important ,the board has been advised. by the way do I know you ? good typing.
September 23, 2013 12:52:32 Community Member   I will vote for Mr. Tiska over Mrs. Scott he willbring stability and responability to the community.
September 22, 2013 21:18:54 cabin fever   I don't get it,can someone help me!!!! The past Highway supt. made less money and put in less time but got lots of krap on not being around. This one is there all the time and more and makes a little more money. We can't have it both ways yall. Next meeting lets cut his hours and pay,our taxes may go down twenty bucks or so. I was sure he also gets the town truck as a benefit but is is there nights and weekends. Last guy got it but not this one???? Other towns offer this don't they???
September 22, 2013 18:39:02 What2?   But Mr. Tiska, by doing what you are doing you, my friend, you are simply putting the Town at risk! As a Board member you would want to do exactly the opposite...just sayin'. What do you want to do...make the Town spend thousands and thousands of dollars toward maintaining sidewalks? Would you like the Board to simply add this to your personal tax bill? Or, are you expecting everyone in the TOWN TO PAY FOR YOUR RIDICULOUS ISSUES??? My taxes are high enough and do not need to be raised for maintaining sidewalks...especially since I do not live in Town and never walk on the sidewalks there!
September 22, 2013 14:52:14 steve tiska   to what and George, to simply put it. when you buy a new car who thinks about it breaking down. remember the rules were care and control came/comes under the highway dept. both then and now. why did I bring this up ,well ,a young lady I know, while walking with her husband in a neighboring village fell on main street and broke her wrist. after her surgery she contacted the mayor about the accident and the hospital bill which by the way .was in excess of $21,000 the mayor said sorry we had no prior notice. the young lady was my sister sue. legal issues are pending. do not say it will never happen here
September 22, 2013 13:03:40 What2?   One Tiska would run for office and try to get support by trying to make the Town look bad and bring harm to it...WTF??? If he wanted something done about the Town taking care of all the sidewalks why didnt he do it when he has on the Board that accepted them?
September 21, 2013 20:44:15 George Denys   Dear Mr Tiska, Wow......Really......?????? kept beating that horse fella. Dear Town of Masonville. Thank you so much for all the friendships and memories. Life has taken me to other pastures but I will always treasure Masonville. Dear Masonville General store, You are awesome! Dear taxpayer, Your best off with Mike.
September 21, 2013 20:07:59 steve tiska   oops the agreement with the d.o.t was may 13 1993 not 1995
September 21, 2013 14:56:55 steve tiska   o by the way the letter of prior notice must be specific to the problem such as dangerous conditions of highways ,streets, bridges, culverts, cross walks, and sidewalks .home rule law sec 22 as well as sec 65-a of town law should be reviewed. these laws as well as others can be viewed on line. I make it a point to know the answer to the question before I ask it. ref to a question asked by Kendal Craig. Who is responsible for sidewalks? mike said the landowner is under homeowner or business liability ins. this is wrong as the town never by law turned the sidewalk ownership over to the landowner. the current condition of them is a concern of the D.O.T .the letter to me, which I passed on to the board , advises the board to apply for a grant under www.dot.ny.gov/programs. this letter was never mentioned .would answer many questions and make sense of my prior notice letter
September 21, 2013 14:09:53 Steve Tiska   Thank you "what" for bringing to the Town peoples attention my letter of prior notice. This was written to protect all who use the sidewalk. NYS law requires a town to have on file a notice of potential dangerous conditions and defects under Sec 65-a of Town law. Under Highway law Sec 140 the highway Supt is responsible for advising the Board in order to provide funds for corrective action. In 1995 in agreement with the DOT the town board accepted responsibility for maintenance. Maintenance was never put into effect.
September 21, 2013 12:46:01 EX Observer   Perhaps before we get too concerned about our present road Super system we should consider the alternatives. First of all our present Super works at least 40 hours a week as a full time employee and maybe more at times. If we elected someone else to the position the Board cannot tell him or her that they must work 40 hours a week as he or she would not be a town employee but rather an elected official of the town. (See the law concerning Town Road Superintendents and Town Boards) Many Road Supers in county do not put in 10 hours a week let alone 40. If someone else is elected to the position do you think they, out of the goodness of their hearts and concern for the taxpayer, are going to work for nothing? Or, probably not less than we are paying now. Consider the fact the present Super was a full time employee of the Town before he became Road Superintendent if he is not in the position anymore he will just go back to his past Town job. So with that arrangement we are not paying one person we are paying two persons for the job one person is now doing. As to the amount the present Super is being paid, it may sound unreasonable but considering the state of the economy today his wages are not out of the ballpark. If he was able to wrangle an insurance package as described on this board I say that was a smart move on his part and if there is any fault it lays with the board that granted the package. Having served on a Town Board I know the Town Board does not have a lot of control over an elected Road Superintendent. The Road Superintendent is about equal in power and authority as the Town Supervisor and in the matter of the roads in the town he can overrule the Supervisor in certain things.
September 21, 2013 08:45:00 Another taxpayer   What? the rumors start at your key board the Highway supertendent will make base salary of over 50,000 dollars a year. Now I do not like Obama as president but the taxpayers of Masonville pay all of The Supertendents copays and health care yes all copays I have never heard of this any where before will make over with benefits that are payed for by the property owners of Masonville over 71,000 dollars a year facts hurt don't they. And you bettor mow your lawn they gave the code enforcement officer a raise as well.
September 20, 2013 11:20:22 concerned   If anyone believes anything on this message board that sounds a little untrue then it is. Not many things here makes sense nor are they the truth.
September 19, 2013 21:58:48 What2   Cabin Fever, yes you have it right from what I understand. The only opposing candidate to show up at a meeting was Mr. Tiska, who was the one who put the town on notice to be sued if someone hurts themselves on a sidewalk...If he wants to be on the Board shouldn't he be doing something good for the Town instead of working against the town? Doesn't sound like he is the type of person I want representing my interests as a taxpayer! The rest of the challenging candidates just plainly did not show, especially for a budget meeting...and they want our support? Me thinks NOT!
September 19, 2013 19:28:24 cabin fever   To "taxpayer".....so then you also must have heard about the prior "notice given" to the board on an issue someone has. This will allow himself or others to sue the town and his and everybodies taxes will sky rocket. Lets not blame a payroll increase on a guy who depends on this job as it is full time,not an extra income as a second job,with no control on benefit cost. Goto said website to look at all the other towns payrolls,ours is in the mid range but getting more in return than other towns. Also "taxpayer" forgot to mention only one candidate running for a spot for town official showed up,the others have no interest I guess. All is just word on the street,am I passing on correct info???????????
September 19, 2013 17:22:07 EX Observer   I really doubt any "code enforcer" told anyone to mow their lawn. To the best of my knowledge there is no ordinance concerning the length of anyone's lawn here in the Town of Masonville. How do these things get started anyway?
September 19, 2013 15:01:36 what?   Nobody has told me I need to mow my lawn yet, usually I keep up with it but haven't had the time. It's up about 6" deep,but boy is it green!
September 19, 2013 14:57:18 what?   Ohhh, you mean AND all total benefits! I wish I could include my mostly employer covered healthcare and retirement in my income, it might make me feel less broke! So Obamacare drives up the costs of healthcare and costs the employers more money so you equate that into a pay increase? even though their benefits remain unchanged?
September 19, 2013 14:52:09 what?   taxpayer you are probably spreading rumors, I doubt the highway super is going to see his yearly salary double! He made between $45,$47,000 for the last three years according to seethroughny.net/ that shows payroll for ALL NY public employees.
September 19, 2013 11:12:17 taxpayer   Heard they gave the highway supertendent a pay and benifit increase last night to over 70,000 dollars a year did anyone get a pay increase . !board member did not even show up tax increase on its way?
September 19, 2013 09:14:19 ok   No, but mine could use mowing!
September 18, 2013 10:42:08 Another voter   What about this Tiska fellow will he be good on the board, I am a voter and really want to make my vote count.
September 18, 2013 08:07:11 Lynette J Mills-Houck elhouck3rd@frontiernet.net Has anyone else had code enforcement tell them they needed to mow their lawn?????
September 17, 2013 16:34:16 Reasonable   The challenger has no experience and actually has never attended one Town Board meeting (so I am told)
September 17, 2013 10:00:35 Voter.   I see that we have a person challenging the Town Clerk this election. Does She have experiance, What does She have to offer to the Town? Looking for input.
September 13, 2013 14:56:24 what?   Good one! The uhhBama administration claims that their threat of bombing (the uhhBama administration is quoted as telling the world a US strike would be "unbelievably small")made Syria agree to give up their chemical weapons to Russia after Putin asked them to!?
September 13, 2013 11:41:27 EX Observer   History says that when General Cornwallis surrendered at Yorktown the British Band played a song called "When The World Turned Upside Down". Well, we should play it again. Do you realize an ex-KGB enforcer foiled the attempt of a Noble Peace Prize winner to start a war?
September 10, 2013 15:34:57 what?   Questions about natural gas drilling? On Tuesday, Sept. 17 at River Valley New Holland, 3910 State Highway 7, Otego, N.Y., at 6 pm, they will be showing the documentary “Fracknation.” All are welcome, and refreshments will be served.
September 10, 2013 15:34:11 what?   Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia, Texas, Oklahoma, North Dakota, South Dakota, Louisiana and other states, totaling 32, have hydraulic fracking. Only 18 states have no fracking, but many are states like Florida, Rhode Island, and Hawaii, which probably have no gas deposits.
September 10, 2013 12:51:43 broke   Yes, No not there. I willcall the town clerk
September 10, 2013 09:09:22 Yes   check the last minutes, maybe it is on there.
September 08, 2013 07:29:56 Broke taxpayer   Does anyone know when the budget meeting is.
September 07, 2013 19:34:13 EX Observer   If I hear one more person spout off about Islam being a peaceful religion and we should welcome and tolerate them in out midst; I think I will puke.
September 04, 2013 09:39:48 wondering   no I am not a board member, just interested in our town.
September 04, 2013 05:23:28 taxpayer   wondering are you a board member
September 03, 2013 13:27:48 wondering   board meeting should be good tomorrow night, maybe those running for office will attend so we know what their thoughts are, have not seen them in a year and one never has attended.
September 02, 2013 20:40:41 SEX Observer   its good the bored is all loco people. They represent most of us here.
September 02, 2013 20:34:10 cabin fever   Lots of whiners in town,must that time of month. Some roads are repaired,some not,crew of their size puts out more work than other hwy. dept.crews. One great waste of tax dollars is not purchasing new equipment that has a warranty. Maybe we can invest in the lotto for extra income to fill potholes.
September 02, 2013 17:31:50 EX Observer   I will agree that our tax money is not being used wisely. It seems there was an overabundance of woodchucks this year. They got into my wife's flowers and completely destroyed them. I certainly pay enough taxes that better control of the beasts should be insisted on. Another thing. What is the town going to do about the birds? Every time I get my car washed you can guess what they do to it. There is absolutely NO reason that they town cannot be exactly as it was in 1795 with the exception of having modern smooth roads.
September 02, 2013 16:15:10 A truley digusted taxpayer   Taxpayer do not get discouraged the people who are putting you down are the same people who need to be doing the work or else it is the one and only board member who covers the crews in ability to do the work by saying that it is bettor that the locals run the town. You are correct they cannot maintain the roads I drove out Steammill the other day they have been working on that for a year now doesn't look like it will be completed this year it's already September and no sign of completion. Also check out the new trailer at the junk yard only a local could put something in like that it has to be against code but who cares looks beautiful next to all the junk. But the 1 board member will say it is ok because they were born here. Wath out on parker hollow you will loose you alignment. but the mowing in the State land does look good for the hunters.
August 31, 2013 18:43:25 FOUND DOG   FOUND MALE PITBULL ON 206. NEED TO FIND THE OWNER. PLEASE CALL 265-3553. MUST BE ABLE TO IDENTIFY HIM.
August 31, 2013 07:27:41 woe   You locals are so funny.
August 30, 2013 10:13:45 cabin fever   "tax payer" just wants to whine with not even a road mentioned to gripe about. Real complaints would have a list of roads,she is probably talking about state 8 and 206. I have been over at least 5 or 6 roads that have been paved or smoothed up this summer. Lets get drunk and add another message.
August 30, 2013 00:54:45 another tax payer   What roads, I hear complaints, but no specifics, how are we going to differentiate between the town of Masonville town roads, and State, and County roads. The town can only touch town roads, State and County also run through the town. We have heard of a couple of which I hope they have worked on, they fixed all the ones by me. And we have heard of roads that are only seasonal access roads that they can't touch???
August 29, 2013 21:07:28 tax payer   taxpayer in masonville and not happy with the job the town crew is doing if it involves work I don\'t see these guys doing it they use trucks and machines to mow grass in the state land and fix dirt roads where no one lives and do nothing about the roads in town pathetic time to get some new guys and leadership our tax money is being wasted.
August 29, 2013 08:49:01 enjoy   Hope to see some new faces at the board meeting next week. They can be very informative if only people would participate in the floor time talks. Hope to hear from the candidates for offices. It would be great to hear some of the things that are up for debate.
August 28, 2013 23:50:56 bertimouse   Wishing All a Wonderful Wknd.next,eh? AHH; Labor Day Wknd.=almost here, where we dont have to Labor. Tired from picking,cleaning,processing & caning;Going Camping &Fishing! :) Anyone seen any Monarch Butterflies yet? -Thought I saw one last week but it turned out to be a Viceroy butterfly which supposedly looks the same but not as large.
August 28, 2013 22:23:32 bertimouse   Dont forget Voting Folks: Primary Election=Tuesday, Sept.10,2013;12pm-9pm&must be enrolled in a party having a Primary. General Election=Tuesday,Nov.5, 2013;polls open 6am-9pm.If interested in serving as an election day worker,or need an absentee ballot application or voter registration form or have any Qs,contact the Board of Elections at 607-746-2315 or www.co.delaware.ny.us.Hope this info helps too. :)
August 28, 2013 11:58:05 Easier To Understand?   Delaware County Treasurer. In Masonville: Town Supervisor, Town Clerk/Collector, Town Justice, 2 Members of the Town Council, and the Superintendent of Highways. In Sidney: Town Supervisor, Town Justice, 2 Members of the Town Council.
August 28, 2013 11:28:48 EX Observer   Observer - Me a loser? Isn't that the "pot calling the kettle black?" I am not the one who does not have enough imagination to not use a name in this forum that is already in use and had been for several years.
August 28, 2013 11:25:42 EX Observer   Again this election cycle I imagine there is going to be a lot of discussion concerning the pros and cons of gas exploration in our area. If one looks at the situation realistically it will be as other "booms" throughout the country over history. There will be a short term gain (4-5 years) for those who find employment with the industry. But, traditionally those gaining in the short term from such ventures do not invest in the industry or any other industry thus any gains are soon spent. There will be those large land holders who realize a very large return for the use of their land but the average person will not benefit from that gain. In the end only the large coporations will benefit and realize a major profit. There will be no magical lowering of taxes but rather there will be an influx of out of area workers using more of the rescources of the local ecoonomy driving the cost of maintaining local costs up and up. Within 10 years the large coporations doing the drilling, piple laying etc. will move on leaving the clean-up to the local economy which cannot now afford it nor will they in the future be any better prepared to handle it. In the end the average person in the area will see no drop in the cost of fuel, food, housing etc. But, alas, people tend to think only in the short term. "What is in for me now?" Not "What is in it for the future."
August 28, 2013 01:58:19 2013 Office Up for Election in Delaware County   Delaware County Treasurer Masonville... Supervisor Town Clerk/Collector Justice Member of Council Member of Council Superintendent of Highways Sidney... Supervisor Justice Member of Council Member of Council
August 27, 2013 21:43:44 bertimouse   So,having said my Peace on all things(blah)political,I wish that Everyone in Masonville will have the Most Happy,Healthy,Safe&Wonderful Labor Day Weekend! Its going to be BEAUTIFUL! Dont forget to report any Monarch Butterflies that you see migrating to the website: www.monarch-butterfly.com. :)
August 27, 2013 21:36:55 bertimouse   The censored word to get their butoski out of town. :)
August 27, 2013 21:35:17 bertimouse   Ah Yes,Neighbors:Election Time is here again. BE NICE Yall! Enjoy the Banter With Respect. Everyone is Entitled to their own er,opinions. Remember Children that Eveyone(here)Pokes about all things Political&if your opinions get poked Worse=no reason to poke back Nastier. NO ONE HERE should be calling ANYONE Losers, Morons,to mind their own business,that they have no clue,to *CENSORED* Out because they havent lived here for=OMG-HOW MANY YEARS WAS IT AGAIN? TOM board meeting attendance is Essential to Voice Your Political Concerns in full force,NOT THIS MESSAGE BOARD! Get it?
August 27, 2013 19:15:07 Me Too   Again, as you see, anyone with a difference of opinion or view contrary to the masonville 1st immediately get disrespected with insults hurled at them. Do we really want this on our town board? I dont even want it here on this message board. Debate is healthy...disrespectful insults and talking "down your nose" at someone is not!
August 27, 2013 16:05:54 Observer   Ex Observer what a loser.
August 27, 2013 12:13:56 EX Observer   A few years ago we had Steve Jobs, Bob Hope and Johnny Cash - now no jobs, no hope and no cash. So I guess things better stay pretty much as they are here in the center of Utopia.
August 27, 2013 12:04:26 local   okay you do not have a clue.
August 27, 2013 08:51:08 okay   still do not know who is running for the offices in Masonville this year, guess that mean we keep the great people we now have and are doing a very good job for our town and all of us.
August 27, 2013 08:40:24 okay   Still have not heard who is running for offices in Masonville. Sounds like we will be keeping the ones who are proven to do a good job for us, this is good news, maybe it will keep some in town from making fools of themselves again.
August 27, 2013 00:34:13 what?   My neighbors, from New Jersey and the big New York, of whom I have utmost respect for, they are good honest hard working people who we all have welcomed into our little community, came to Masonville for the same reasons our forefathers came to America for, FREEDOM, not rules and regulations.
August 27, 2013 00:00:25 what?   "Get a life", I didn't move here, my family has been here for many generations, and to the best of my knowledge has never been on the town board, or politics in general, heck the majority of them do not even vote! I just want to repost your post so the people can read it again, because I believe it is important and pertinent, "I don't feel that I should pay for others to have family fun day. Why should we have a town park or pavilion? If you want to have a family gathering do it at your house or at a place like Oquaga. if you don't want your kids hanging out then do things with them. Take them to hang with their friends like most parents in Masonville had to do for generations.", thank you 'Get a life', who ever you are.
August 26, 2013 22:33:17 cabin fever   Jack Butts was much like Mike!!!!
August 26, 2013 21:52:18 Voter 3   Dear Local...Yes, I think we should build new parks, pass more zoning, cater to the anti-everything crowd and sit back and pay for it all....NOT! You Masonville 1st guys keep making my case for me...you are good spokespeople for me and my position! Ex-Observer - Love your definition of "local"....you gotta maintain a good sense of humor while contributing to this site!
August 26, 2013 21:33:25 Mike Supporter   You mean speak out of both sides of his mouth Jack? I have never met a more savory politician. He would tell one person what they wanted to hear and then tell another the complete opposite. Our current Supervisor is a \"you get what you see guy\". Sometimes a little rough around the edges with some colorful language but at least you know what you are getting...one of us commoners, and a conservative businessman to boot with a heart of gold for our Town! I am sticking with a sure bet that I know will not jerk me (or the Town) around!
August 26, 2013 19:04:29 Long time Resident   Boy I wish Jack was still in office
August 26, 2013 16:47:40 resident   I agree we should hear from the candidates. what is there reason for wanting to run for office?
August 26, 2013 15:39:25 Get a life   I moved here to be in the country. I don't feel that I should pay for others to have family fun day. Why should we have a town park or pavilion? If you want to have a family gathering do it at your house or at a place like Oquaga. if you don't want your kids hanging out then do things with them. Take them to hang with their friends like most parents in Masonville had to do for generations.
August 26, 2013 15:19:54 resident   Voter3 you hit the nail on the head. We need board memebrs who have been here for generations. We don't want a board that does any more than absolutely necesary. Let change happen somewhere else. No newfangled "progressive" ideas for our town thank you. Stick with the long time incumbents.
August 26, 2013 14:59:37 EX Observer   Long Time Resident - The definition of a "local" is anyone who agrees with me.
August 26, 2013 12:00:06 local   Voter 3 I must be a moron because what you are stating will not benifit Masonville in the future. This board had it's time to bring Masonville forward.And they failed. I have lived in this town over 40 years. we lost our school, we do not have a town park people complain about the children hanging out in front of the store and on the streets this board does not care we do not have a community center owned by the people, A pavilion we can call our own to have family rerunions and to invite the community to have a community picnic. The Libary parking lot is a discrace board does not care most of the side walks are beyond repair all the board wants to do is push the responsibilty to the home owner the board does not care. Again do not let them bully you are scare you not to vote for someone who is not on the board or is a so called local( vote the person who cares about the town not because they were born here) it is called democrocy and it would be great to see the board openly debate a issue instead of all agreeing all the time. Voter 3 it sounds like your corner stones are cracking people vote for whom you want and vote your beleifs.
August 26, 2013 07:44:33 Voter 3   Masonville is full of great people, some generational and some new. The common denominator appears to be that MOST of ALL the residents believe the Town should stay traditional and not interfere with property owners rights or create new restrictive/oppressive laws. This message was delivered loud and clear during the last election and I am sure it will be deilvered again. Masonville people like their freedom and do not support oppressive regulations and zoning or the snotty attitudes (if you dont agree with me you must be a moron) of the Masonville 1st group.
August 25, 2013 23:18:23 what?   Hmm, isn't the U.S. a democratic society that votes for our elected officials? It doesn't matter if you have lived in Masonville a couple years or a couple generations, if your ideas of how the town should be run is supported by the majority, well then guess what? you get elected. If not, oh well, the people have spoken. And being it's somewhat of a free country still, you do have the right to complain if you wish, just don't complain about the current regime if you do not want to be put on Obama's list, the Obama administration is lying and spying, google 'NSA spies on US citizens', our Constitution is continually being trampled on by the Obama regime.
August 25, 2013 22:16:18 long time resident   someone please define local? How long do you have to live here to become one? Its pretty sad that one of our board members has openly said that is it better that the board consist of all locals? We live in a world today where prejudice is at the forefront of society. It is time to put this prejudice aside. The people that are here want to be here and their opinions should be heard and considered. The fact that they are not longtime residents or generations of founding families should not beheld against them. Open your minds and take suggestions that are made because we are all people who deserve that right, whether we have lived in the town for two years, 30 years or for generations.
August 25, 2013 21:56:52 Voter 3   I agree with Jeri...I have plenty of good friends from NYC and appreciate their contributions to our Town...they pay taxes just like the rest of us. The problem is that we now have a minority (masonville 1st and the like) that think we are a bunch of bumpkins who cannot think for ourselves...if we dont agree with them we are ignorant or greedy or both! Robert Beards post speaks for itself...I rest my case!
August 25, 2013 20:09:15 Mormon Hollow Farm Jeri Brayman   Resident , those were NOT my words, I said we need people who are willing to attend our meetings and learn what is going on and it does not matter where you live or where you did live!!!! I have very dear friends from NYC that I would trust my life with and would do anything for them.
August 25, 2013 14:14:41 resident   Jeri Brayman stopped by my place and I completely agree with her. She says we don't need no city people running OUR town. Just living here a dozen years or so and having college degrees doesn't mean they are qualified to be on the town board. They should just mind their own business.
August 25, 2013 09:28:29 objective voter   Mr. Beards,, the right to farm law has been in Delaware County for years and was only updated this year to keep it current, this is just something that needs to be done and if you attended meetings you would realize it has nothing to do with Masonville 1st nor gas drilling. Voter 3, many in Masonville agree with you.
August 24, 2013 22:30:16 Robert Beards   By the way, the effort required to "adapt" Tom's law would require all of two hours, maybe an afternoon if your slow at cutting and pasting. Great year's work, board!
August 24, 2013 22:26:57 Robert Beards   I'm not a regular here but was told that some folks on this board were starting to spread some bs about Masonville 1st. So here I am to clear some stuff up for you all. Last year Masonville 1st candidates went door-to-door, meeting residents and getting their thoughts. We're sorry we couldn't get to everyone, but we enjoyed meeting many voters. Marie correctly predicted that the encumbant candidates would do virtually nothing beyond the minimum required, and that if anything was done, they would have the gas industry write our town laws. The "Right to Farm Law" was in fact, written by Tom Shepstone, Campaign Director for Energy In Depth's Northeast Marcellus Initiative (a major gas industry lobbying group) and the original draft can be found in the Masonville Comprehensive Plan of 2008, Appendix B. Go ask Pam for a copy, and then compare it line by line with the Right to Farm Law, allegedly written by the board. It seems to us that this law has been put on the books so that the right to mine can be easily added back in later. We have not needed this "important" law for our entire 200 year history. We have no zoning blocking farmers, or anyone else for that matter from doing what they need to do, so this was never even an issue. Farmers farm when they can, we all know that.
August 24, 2013 20:42:08 Voter 3   What's so big about the right to farm law??? Again, some people are completely out of touch! Masonville 1st promises progrssive change...I dont want progressive change! I want to maintain our traditional values, land-owner rights and not cater to the minority or their sill out-of touch debates! Bottom line is we have a solid board now that uphold these values; (3) farmers and (2) businessmen...all cornerstones of our Town. Aside from the Supervisor, who has been a Town resident for decades, all of the Board members have generations of roots in this Town. They know what is best and progressive change is not it! The last masonville 1st group thought their progressive message would be well received and found out differently...
August 24, 2013 18:53:24 Observer   Neither me nor nobody I know ever heard anything about anyone complaining about farming. But i guess its a good thing we rushed that law thru before the complaining started
August 24, 2013 17:52:02 Yes   If you were a farmer you would know how important it is to have a current and up to date right to farm law. We need to protect farms from people objecting to the hours farmers work, whether it be early in the morning or late at night. It is not an 8-5 job with weekends off and paid holidays, farming is a chosen profession that requires long hours, but you spend time with your family doing most everything together. So yes, the right to farm law is very important , not something that makes it look like the board is doing something, and work does go into putting certain things into it. Once again, How can people complain if they do not attend meetings and voice their opinions in a quiet matter?
August 24, 2013 17:13:33 voter   I cant really blame anyone for not going to town meetings because our current board doesn't actually do ANYTHING more than is the minimum necessary to keep up the appearance of running a town (and collect their pay). Read the minutes and you'll see. There's ABSOLUTELY NOTHING being considered at all. All they did this year was pass a "right to farm" thing - and nobody knows why we needed that. Maybe just so they can say they did something. There's no reports from active comittees, no planning for the future, no nothing. Just biding their time till they get bought out by big gas companies I guess. When Masonville 1st people show up at meetings at least there's some sort of debate. I say they should get a shot.
August 24, 2013 09:05:49 Masonville land owner   What exactly has the board done that is so terrible? I have read all of the town board minutes for the past year and not ONE of Masonville 1st members have attended more than 3 meetings, so tell me, how do they know how to run our town???? Also, how qualified are they if there is not enough time to attend the meetings, let alone do the behind the scenes work that is required for the job?
August 24, 2013 07:10:17 Local   After seeing what was promised at last election and it was just businesses as usual I will be voting for anyone who is not a incumbent. The infrastructure has been slowly going down hill and no one on the board cares. 1 member only cares about friends and family. do not let the existing board bully you into thinking that anyone running will ruin Masonville. Masonville is being destroyed slowly by the inactive town board all they are yes people they do not think on their own.
August 23, 2013 23:20:16 what?   Last post was not what?, people just can't think for themselves. voter3, I hear you, and I bet those 'masonville first' members voted for Obama and then protested at his short stop for liberals in Binghamton where he pledged to spend more taxpayer money as he read his teleprompter.
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