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November 02, 2013 19:19:25 another taxpayer   How was Tiska as animal control officer? I think I remember reading complaints on this site.
November 02, 2013 07:24:33 Observer   Ex Observer no life?
November 02, 2013 06:09:57 John   cabin fever is it not a great thing that you do not have to put your name on this board. I will bet you are a standing town board member.Mr tiska will represent the people well . He will have my vote and support.
November 01, 2013 20:44:56 EX Observer   Sounds like a great deal!! Where do I sign up? Of course at my age all I could do is watch the Demo but that should be worth half pay?
November 01, 2013 15:42:45 cabin fever   Yes Shears road is to be paved per Steves road management plan. Also state rt. 8 just because!!!! 1/1/14 the order for six NEW plows trucks will be placed and the demo and removal of sidewalks and the church st. bridge. After demo kool-aid and cookies will be served. Special guest Obama will cut the ribbon on demo work. All demo work is to be contracted to an outside company at prevailing wage of $84.75 per hour for the 12 workers.
November 01, 2013 08:59:29 voter   All plans are great but they do cost money, so remember that when you vote, the current board would do more if the money was available. Taxes will go up more with the more projects that need to be done.
October 31, 2013 22:03:58 Old Fa rt   Is Mr.Tiska paving Shears Rd?
October 31, 2013 19:31:10 EX Observer   I am sure Mr. Tiska is interested in Masonville and the politics thereof but I also think he likes the limelight a little too much and enjoys playing the devil's advocate just to see the reactions. There is nothing wrong with a devil's advocate at the right time and place. But, to carry on month after month about any issue that is out of the hands of the Town Board is really a waste of time and effort. i.e. cemeteries on private property.
October 31, 2013 14:48:25 another taxpayer   Before anyone votes for Tiska, wouldn't it be nice if he answered these questions?Will Tiska have the new Church street bridge tore down? Will Tiska still bring up lawsuits against the town going right to Washington DC? Reading the minutes Tiska sounds like he wants to give somebody big raises (pay prevailing union wages), sue the town, bring up lawsuits against the town going right to Washington DC, between the sidewalks, town hall, and little church street bridge it sounds like he looks to cause problems and our taxes would be raised to pay for it all, not to just pay the 'bills' or benefits for the town. He has posted on this site and I looked forward to any kind of response he might have as to my interpretation of his behavior regarding only what I have read in the minutes.Who knows, maybe he can change my vote.
October 30, 2013 19:30:22 Kathy Ryan kkryan2@hotmail.com Attention All - The Masonville Rod & Gun Club is sponsoring a Sporting Goods and Antiques Auction at the Sidney American Legion Hall, Fri., 11/1 at 5:30pm - Preview at 4:30pm. Hunting and fishing equipment, wildlife mounts, canoe, compound bows, snow blowers, jewelry, cast iron cook ware and much more. No buyers premium. Refreshments provided by American Legion.
October 29, 2013 15:59:50 Local   I read the team letter we do not need a group of board members who agree on everything it is not productive for the town and the town board becomes stagnant as it is now. We need someone who will challenge and debate all the decision if needed that will not happen with this board we need change if we are to move on in todays society with a unstable federal government. I believe that is Tiska. Do not get caught up in the TEAM as they have and will continue to raise taxes even know they preach that they do not. IT is not true. Tiska will bring stability to the town board as well as a checks and balances like this town has never seen. VOTE TISKA HE IS FOR EVERYONE.
October 29, 2013 09:03:27 new voter   Hope everyone can make it out to vote next week. Remember when you do not vote there is no complaining about who runs our town. Very capable town board now, and hopefully will remain that way. Some who are running for office do not and never have attended meetings so how do we know what kind of job they can do? This job is not as easy as some may think, remember, our supervisor represents us at county level as well as state level, he is our means of knowing what is going on and how we should respond to things as a town.
October 28, 2013 21:22:33 bertimouse   FYI YALL: The Town Of Masonville is required by NYS Law to adhere and comply with All Parts of the NYS 2010 Bldg Code which also references and upholds the 2008 NEC- National Electrical Code of 2008. Plumbing, Mechanical Codes-they are ALL in there too Folks. ALL those are for Our Safety First-get it? OK Nuff Said. WISH YOU ALL a Happy Safe & SPOOKY Halloween!
October 28, 2013 20:58:19 bertimouse   Susan: All new Bldg Construction in every NYS Town has to conform to the NYS 2010 bldg codes. NY State Law requires all CEOS-Code Enforcement Officers-to enforce these codes for the Health Life and Safety of everyone in not only their own town but anywhere they see violations because it saves Lives. Now trailers have a separate section in the 2010 Bldg Residential Code which you can access online or call NYS Codes Div in Albany if the TOM Bldg Inspector is unavailable. The 2010 Fire and Safety Code always comes First in tandem with your particular 2010 bldg code. Then the 2010 Energy Code requirements kick in. The GOOD NEWS is that if you purchased your new trailer in NYS they already meet these codes. A Old Used Trailer is a different story and may give you MUCH trouble depending on how old it is. Hope this helps Susan.
October 28, 2013 03:27:16 Resident and taxpayer of Masonville   It seems that everyone on this board who are against Mr. Tiska is afraid of Him of doing when elected exactly what the existing board is doing Raising Taxes. Mr. Tiska has a plan and the energy and drive to implement this plan that I believe would reduce taxes with the proper oversight. This board has convinced me that Mr. Tiska is the best candidate and I will be voting for him to represent Me on the town council. Good Luck Mr. Tiska and God Bless.
October 25, 2013 14:23:17 what?   voter, I haven't been to a meeting since the school was closed, I don't have the time, but I do read the minutes. I don't go to meetings, but I'm not running for town council. My votes will go to people who prove they have the time, and interest to actually participate (not saying I'd vote for him, but at least Tiska shows interest in our town by attending meetings). What do I want from our elected? Why, to pay the bills, some towns don't. Have you heard lately what is going on in Walton? Not only were the bills not getting paid, but they couldn't show where the taxpayer's money was going. An independent auditor investigated and said it wasn't criminal, just negligence and inexperience. Plans for the future? How about paying the bills, we don't need a community center or higher taxes.
October 25, 2013 13:58:31 what?   Local, bringing Reagan and Carter into this is pushing the reality envelope a little, especially if you are comparing M.Sroka to 'Reagan'!
October 24, 2013 20:40:45 voter   onlooker, have you been to town meetings? nothing happens at those meetings so I don't blame anyone for not going there's nothing to be learned there, no plans for the future being made, no discussions of bettering Masonville. Just read the minutes and you'll see -- other then simply paying the bills, nothing!
October 24, 2013 14:40:45 Local   That is true What? they said the same in 1979 and we ended up with Ronald Reagan after Jimmy Carter and that is what this would be like
October 24, 2013 14:36:59 what?   Five years ago they wanted something new as President of this Nation, now look at the mess we are in. Sometimes "change we can believe in" doesn't mean it will be for the better.
October 24, 2013 06:29:00 Long time resident   What? we know for a fact that the sitting board has raised taxes every year that they have been elected. So what would be any different I feel after talking around town people want new leadership on the town council.
October 23, 2013 19:44:06 onlooker   Have heard that M. Sroka is running for supervisor, what a joke, she has not attended a meeting in 13 months and has no clue as to what goes into the running of this town and the same goes for J. Scott, who is running for town clerk. Hope everyone gives this a lot of thought before voting for either of these women.
October 23, 2013 15:32:29 what?   Do you really think Tiska won't vote to raise taxes, with all his plans? The 2% cap set by Governor Cuomo was a joke, Cuomo allowed loopholes, and mandated spending that the towns couldn't afford, yet he still brags about the tax cap, and taking away our Constitutional rights. Yes our elected officials in Masonville over road the tax cap with Cuomo's loophole, along with the majority of towns in NY, yet Masonville still has the smallest budget of all 19 Towns in Delaware county, and hopefully stays that way.
October 23, 2013 05:15:01 Long time resident   Yes we also have a very upstanding citizen from Masonville running for town council. Vote Tiska the existing board members have risen the taxes above the 2% set by the governor every year Betty Scott's time has come time for a new outlook for Masonville and Tiska will bring that to the table. VOTE TISKA on election day.
October 22, 2013 18:36:58 wanting to know   Just heard that Marie Sroka is running for supervisor and Jolene Scott is running for town clerk, is this so ?
October 22, 2013 10:14:27 EX Observer   I have always figured the less one has to do with any law enforcement agency the better off he would be, but, by the same token I have always thought a good citizen should report any suspicious activity or crime. But the other day I learned that a "good citizen" should pay attention to his own business. I was waiting to turn at the light at Route 8 and River Street in Sidney and I noted a person waiting for the left turn light on Route 8. Suddenly a vehicle rear ended the waiting car and the person came through the light and the other vehicle closely followed and they went up River Street at a high rate of speed. So it appearing to be rather suspicious I called 911 and explained what I saw. The 911 operator said this is "Otego County 911 I will transfer you." Next I am connected with the State Police who said "We have nothing to do with that I will transfer you." Next I get Chenango County 911 who tells me they will transfer me. Now, at last, I am speaking with Delaware County 911 and I explain what I saw, etc. and the operator says, "Did you follow them?" I say "No. I was going in the opposite direction." Operator says, "Then how do you know what they were doing?" "Maybe they were going someplace to discuss the accident." I doubt I would ever report anything going on again up to and including murder. It just reinforced my contention that the less one has to do with law enforcement the better.
October 22, 2013 06:55:53 Resident.   Susan there is a single wide trailer going in on Steam Mill road saw it the other day when bow hunting. Go look at that one I am sure that it is up the code enforcers satisfaction as they are starting to put skirting around it. I don't think you need any concrete just put it on cinder blocks and skirt it. It' cheap to build in Masonville.
October 21, 2013 14:57:22 what?   Oh, and you can build frame work for pad out of old 2x6s, and just add roll out Concrete Wire Mesh for reinforcement.
October 21, 2013 14:50:03 what?   Best bet call Joe Reynolds, building inspector, a real nice man and will answer any questions, even give suggestions on whats best.Last I new Masonville requires either a 6" floating slab or concrete piers (below frost,four foot I believe. For the amount of piers that must be dug, and the work, I opted for a poured slab, doing the work myself. The price of the concrete was going to be close between the two. You can either pour the same size as trailer and have the skirting come down on it, or go smaller and cheaper, just enough to put all the blocks on, I went 12'x60' for a 14'x70' trailer, I've seen 10'x50' pads, just harder to keep the wheels on when delivering.
October 21, 2013 12:35:07 Susan   I own a piece of property in the Town of Masonville and want to put a single wide on it. I am unable to read the town requirements on this, on the official site. I know i need a builing permit, but Do I have to pour a concrete slab to put it on? If any one could shed some light on this i would appreciate it
October 20, 2013 22:00:59 voter   Is anyone else running for town board except Mr. Tiska or for any other positions?
October 19, 2013 14:21:31 Pamela Walker pwalker@frontiernet.net Thanks for your concern on the dog Bertimouse yes I did find the owner and he had a little boy home waiting for him. Love happy endings.
October 19, 2013 13:05:37 another taxpayer   Will Tiska have the new Church street bridge tore down? Will Tiska still bring up lawsuits against the town going right to Washington DC? Will Tiska still want to give big raises to the TOM workers, and not allow them to do work they volunteer to do if it is out of their job classification?
October 19, 2013 09:57:40 another reader   Ex observer--------- How true your words are !!!
October 19, 2013 09:47:19 EX Observer   It is very easy to make great plans on paper. The problem is turning them into reality. 5 year 10 year or 100 year plans sound great until one realizes there is no accurate way of projecting the cost from year to year. There is no way of projecting emergencies that can arise draining budgets. If Mr. Tiska is as good at beating dead horses as a board member as he is at meetings it will be a long session.
October 19, 2013 08:47:17 reader   No matter who is elected our taxes will go up, and it is not the fault of the town board. The county and state keep passing laws that force us (the town ) to raise taxes to keep running efficiently and keep our reserve fund in tact.
October 19, 2013 07:42:21 cabin fever   Well if everyone says so then great. I just don't see how taxes will be better if my road is paved every five years as well as new trucks at the same rate. Will this also be true for state and county roads?????? Also will this idea cover only certain peoples roads and not all roads???? Maybe a debate is in order.
October 19, 2013 06:32:25 Long time resident.   A five year plan will keep our tax rate down. A plan and scheduled maintenance of our roads, buildings and equipment will keep cost down. Nice plan Mr. Tiska,I will be voting for you as well.
October 18, 2013 12:16:28 just thinking   we all have to remember that our taxes have to go up to keep up with the expenses that are increasing each year and we need to keep our reserve money at a certain amount in case of major breakdowns with equipment that is needed to maintain our roads an buildings.
October 18, 2013 09:45:39 cabin fever   Article sounds good but also sounds like a big tax hike is attached to this.
October 18, 2013 06:30:01 New to area.   I am good now. Just read Mr. Tiska's letter in the Walton Reporter. It seems the man has a plan a a vision for Masonville. I will be voting for Mr. Tiska His vision of a five year plan was spot on. He has my vote.
October 17, 2013 20:41:58 bertimouse   YEEGADS what scarry TV shows their showing on the FX cable channel right now! OOEEEOO its HALLOWEEN TIME! Remind your little ones&teenagers&20,30 somethings that it is NOT REALITY,LOL! ITS ONLY A TV MOVIE! God Rules with Light,Love,Protection&Power Everywhere for anyone who asks.Nuff said.
October 17, 2013 20:26:13 bertimouse   Pam: Did you ever find the owner of that dog you found? Just curious...can always let the Sidney Shelter take them off your hands...they can check for implanted chips, etc. Hope all is well now. Thanks for all that you do.
October 17, 2013 20:21:12 bertimouse   Dear 12 year old Hunter & Mrs. Pam Walker: Thanks for both of your Posts.
October 15, 2013 08:52:02 New to area.   Who is the best perso running looking for input to vote.
October 07, 2013 19:05:00 objective voter   Anything new going on in the elections? Received a letter today from the " team " and that is all that has happened so far as I know.
October 06, 2013 07:19:08 Who!   Hang in there Mr. Tiska it sounds like these people who are talking you down are from that local group that Jerri is always talking about. You got my vote.
October 04, 2013 22:47:58 cabin fever   Gotta idea....Lay off everyone to save money. Gee I could run for office.
October 04, 2013 22:44:43 cabin fever   Opps.....Tisker...........Burp!!!
October 04, 2013 22:42:59 cabin fever   Who is Tiker running against?
October 04, 2013 22:39:27 another taxpayer   local voter; I don't know him personally,but just by reading the minutes Tiska sounds like he wants to give somebody big raises (pay prevailing union wages), sue the town, bring up lawsuits against the town going right to Washington DC, between the sidewalks, town hall, and little church street bridge it sounds like he just lives to cause what ever kind of ruckus he can.It sounds like our taxes would be raised to pay for it all.I see he has posted on this site recently and look forward to any kind of response he might have as to my interpretation of his behavior regarding only what I have read.Who knows, maybe he can change my vote.
October 03, 2013 14:43:14 local voter   Just sayin... yes vote for Mr. Tiska these people are lazy and want everything o stay the same. Give out pay raiseses, No accountability . Mr Tiska will hold evryone accountable and fight for the tax payers and protect the well being of the people of Masonville at the same time. Mr. Tiska will make Masoville a bettor community to live and raise your family in. I will be voting for Mr. Tiska everyone should be. He is not afraid to take on the peoples concerns.
October 03, 2013 14:18:02 Just sayin...   All this negative talk about Mr. Tiska makes me want to vote for him! He must be doing something right!
October 03, 2013 09:59:37 EX Observer   Mr. Tiska certainly has every right to seek a seat on the Town Board and I am sure, like all small towns, if he has enough family and friends he will get the nod. But my fear is the fact his representation on the board would be akin to using a sledgehammer to drive a tack. While it may get the job done, in the end it will do more damage than good.
October 02, 2013 17:10:53 what?   Maybe Tiska thought the TOM employees should get the prevailing wages that they weren't even asking for? Regardless, tax money would have been spent unnecessarily.
October 02, 2013 16:55:39 cabin fever   "Yet....." sounds like he loves high taxes also. Think about it,prevailing wages equal more tax money for the work to be done. The worker getting the high wages are rarely from our area. Lets raise taxes to benefit out of town people to get the same job done or with local people and cheaper wages. What the duck are people thinking?????
October 02, 2013 13:42:54 Yet another taxpayer.   I did read the minutes and it seems to me that Mr. Tiska is a man of action not afraid to take on the dirty work to get things done. Please do not forget anyone cannot satisfy everyone and it appears that Mr. Tiska has not and will not. Good for him for fighting for prevailuing wage rates on the building of the Town Hall it takes guts to stand up for what is right and not hide. Mr. Tiska will make a excellent Town Board member and we all should be honored that he wants to represent us and stand up for the taxpayers of Masonville. He has my vote.
October 02, 2013 09:01:17 another taxpayer   All it takes is reading the town minutes for the last couple of years to see many reasons for keeping Tiska off the board, he wants to cause enough damage to Masonville from the sidelines. Tiska threatened to file official complaints with Washington DC against the town and the Masonville church. When the new town hall was being constructed, Tiska complained numerous times that the town employees shouldn't be doing the work.Craig Dumond said "he refused to hire independent contractors at prevailing wage rates when Town employees can do the same work as in-kind work, saving the taxpayers thousands." I also think I remember they were asked if they wanted to help, and said they would, yet Tiska kept complaining.There are many more reasons not to vote for Tiska, just read the last couple of years minutes.
October 02, 2013 06:06:50 Voter   Vote Steve Tiska he will do more by accident than Betty does now.
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.
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