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November 01, 2012 12:16:19 property owner   I should have been clearer. I am a Masonville resident, though I am not currently living here. I have been in New Jersey with my son since my husband passed a little over a year ago. I came up here to spend some time cleaning and to close up the house for the winter. When they had school board election in NJ that would affect my grandchildren, I registered to vote there. I have not double dipped. In the coming Spring, I am coming back to Masonville and building the house we planned on. The current house is not in great shape, but it's sufficient for just me, but still I want to build something lasting to leave my son and grandchildren. That's the reason for my concern. I really don't want to get into a dialogue here, but I have to say that the previous response says they don't want the government and outside forces to dictate what happens in Masonville, that we can take care of ourselves, yet at the same time you agree with those that want to wait and allow the State and the gas companys to make OUR decisions for us. Doesn't make any sense. I totally agree with you on the first part, but on the other, well, it's a contradiction. Can't have both. But we can all vote and I'll be here Tuesday to do just that.
November 01, 2012 11:27:18 checkmate   To: Property owner- 11/1/12--You wrote "I currently do not live in Masonville" but state you have changed your registration to Masonville,. I was under the impression that people could only vote where their actual residence is and yours,as you stated, is not Masonville. Are you a double dipper?
November 01, 2012 10:25:17 Reasonable   I beleive everyone is catching on to the Masonville Worst (1st) scare tactics and frankly we are getting tired of it! The Town does not need the Feds, State or County telling us what to do!!! This is another example of the difference between Masonville 1st and the rest of us; We can make our own decisions, we do not look at the government to solve our problems, we are smart enough to educate ourselves on matters at hand. We have the confidence in our local board to properly represent us and not listen to the loud and obnoxious minority! Masonville 1st is really out of touch with most people in the Town, that will be proven on Tuesday!!! I agree with keeping our incumbents in place and keeping our freedoms in Masonville! I am voting for Spaccaforno, Dumond and Roff!!!
November 01, 2012 09:44:15 property owner   As a Masonville property owner, I have been closely watching the debate over a moratorium. I do not currently live in Masonville, but I hope to soon build my home and live there full time, hopefully the rest of my life. Realizing the importance of this local election, I did change my registration to Masonville and I plan to vote for the candidates in favor of a moratorium because I feel it protects not only my property, but the future of all Masonville. In today’s mail, I received a letter from the incumbents and was saddened at what I read. As I understand it, the “well-intentioned folks” of the First Party are just that. There is nothing in their agenda that is contrary to the age old values of Masonville. In fact, they want to protect our precious freedoms and not be dictated by the agenda of the gas companies and the potentially dangerous regulations of the DEC. Nothing I have seen in their platform is anti-gas. What I DO see is prudent thinking. That’s just one of the many errors I found in this letter. Also, New York State Law DOES NOT require zoning for just a moratorium. The moratorium is simply a formal statement by the townspeople that says, let’s stop and think about all this and let’s make some decisions that will protect our freedoms BEFORE it’s too late. Revising the comprehensive plan is the wise way to go. It doesn’t have to enact zoning that harms our local industries. This letter has resorted to scare tactics using terms like “regulated out of business,” “zoning…with unbridled power.” Come on! In fact the letter does have a good point in stating that we don’t know “if and when gas development will come our way.” Exactly, that’s why a moratorium IS called for now, beforehand, in preparation. A moratorium is for practical purposes so that we can review the comprehensive plan to protect our private property and to make policies to protect our road and bridge infrastructure, as well as determine guidelines as to where drilling would and would not be allowed. Not doing so in the event of gas drilling could result in serious harm to all the above mentioned. There is currently no policy for use and protection that the drillers would have to comply with. There’s where you’ll have your “unbridled power,” and we won’t be able to do a thing about it. Roads should be evaluated for optimum routing and drillers would have to bond themselves in order to assure payments for any damages their trucks would cause. Tioga and Broome counties have enacted county wide policies for just that. Livingston county is working on that as well. Unfortunately Delaware County has not, so we must protect ourselves. Without protection, the drillers will trample over us, leaving destruction in their wake, leaving it up to us to pay for damages caused solely by them. In fact, the letter does state that you are for protection of “our infrastructure, through local laws, appropriate bonding…etc.,” but that you want to wait until “if and when gas drilling does come to our Town.” What are you waiting for? Your platform makes NO sense. Either you are just too lazy, is it too much work for you? or do you all have another agenda? Talk about “downright scary.” Good thing the federal government didn’t think that way in the wake of the recent hurricane. Preemptive planning. We knew it was coming. We didn’t know where or when exactly, but we knew we weren’t going to be unaffected by it. Sure, let’s just wait ‘til it’s at our doorstep. That’s a good plan. That’s your plan. That’s “unconscionable and irresponsible.”
October 31, 2012 19:59:13 what*   My vote is going to the "Team" as well! I am voting for Mike Spaccaforno, Craig DuMond and Steve Roff. They have done a good job and want to maintain our property rights!! I dont see a need for a change at this time. Denis but he still hasnt given his opinion regarding a moritorium or zoning. The Masonville 1st crew is just plain bad news for our Town!
October 31, 2012 16:19:19 what?   My votes are going for the 'Team', and I don't mean 'Masonville worst (first)'.
October 31, 2012 12:03:20 What!   Nora tommy would not get elected he has a agenda and will not work for only a minority of the people. My vote is for Denis Burpoe on election day. He has the wisdom,knowledge and passion to move masonvIllegal into the future.
October 31, 2012 10:13:03 Observer   Logical - I think it is time we stopped acting like sheep. For too long our law enforcement views everyone outside of law enforcement as scum and our courts presume guilt. I have no problem with being stopped and informed I had a malfunctioning brake light. In fact I am thankful for that information as sitting in the drivers seat puts me in a position where I was unable to observe the fact. It would have been just as easy for the officer to inform me of the fact and trust that I would take care of the situation; just as I did. But instead the officer makes sure the situation will cost me as much time and effort as possible. On top of that the court has already assumed that I am guilty. Then one adds to the situation that the officer who stopped me had a malfunctioning light on his own vehicle. I rather doubt anyone gave him a ticket and it cost him nothing in time or effort. In fact he found it humorous. As I was going to be out of the area the next day I did not have time to hunt down a law officer to verify the repair so I sent the receipt along with the ticket to our local court. You say I am going to cost the taxpayers money by pursuing my constitutional rights? Well, from my understanding of the law if I am found guilty, which I will be, I stand to pay the court costs not the taxpayers. Do you truly believe the State of New York or the Town of Masonville really cares if my brake light works or not? It is more a case of making money for the State and Town not any sense of concern for my, or anyone else's, welfare or safety.
October 30, 2012 20:22:57 Logical   I too have recently received a ticket in one of our neighboring towns.It happened to be an equipment malfunction.Actually a light bulb out.Not being familiar with this process I thoroughly read the second page that I received with my ticket.I was not aware that not only did I need to show proff to the court that I purchased the faulty bulb but also proff to the court that the repair was completed.Which makes sense to me because how does the court know that it was fixed?Some other could have been signed off by an officer or state inspection station and then sent back to the court all done in the required time.again this was all on the second page so in regards to Observer did you do this if not why are you making such a bit deal out of something that you did not do correctly? does a court make money off of a ticket that has been dismissed?.a jury trial ?doesn't that cost us taxpayers money?all for a light bulb that if proved to be fixed would be dismissed
October 30, 2012 17:28:56 Tony - CR-20   Thank you Observer for the reply. Glad to hear everything was ok up there.
October 30, 2012 15:00:38 crzyflea   You could say Masonville is blessed with stormy residents but not stormy weather. Here is the safe haven in most storms.
October 30, 2012 13:27:46 Denis Burpoe   Nobody is answering at the school I called WCDO.
October 30, 2012 13:25:16 resident   How do we find out about the vote for certain?
October 30, 2012 12:46:19 Denis Burpoe   If I am correct the vote has been canceled due to the storm?
October 30, 2012 12:26:17 resident   school vote today , do not forget to go to the high school and vote.
October 30, 2012 11:35:39 Observer   Tony - Right around us it was sorta a tempest in a teapot. Not much actually. My weather station recorded less than an inch of rain and the highest wind gust was around 30 MPH. Guess the Dear Lord was good to us.
October 30, 2012 11:16:32 Tony - CR-20   How did everyone do up there with the Storm? Hope everyone is well! Total devastation down in the City...a lot of water tree/damage. God Bless
October 29, 2012 19:43:05 Nora Lynett   Hats off to Tommy Klehr for telling it like it is: the king has no clothes! As for you other Masonvillains, take off your rose-colored glasses so you can really see what's going on. WRITE IN TOMMY KLEHR FOR COUNCIL!!!!!
October 29, 2012 14:32:00 Old Fa rt   Money talks
October 29, 2012 14:23:31 ObserverYT   Just retrieved my mail. In with all the junk was a first class letter from our Town Court. I have been informed that I am scheduled Thursday next to appear before our Town Justice to answer for the horrible crime of having a tail light bulb malfunctioning! If this were not such a farcical and humorous deal I probably would be upset. What makes it even more ridiculous is the fact I had the horrible crime corrected within an hour of being stopped and the next day a letter with the receipt for repair was sent to the court. On top of that the State Trooper who stopped me had a light out on his vehicle. This shapes up to be a very interesting deal. The court feels it has the right to waste my time so I am going to return in kind. I am going to ask for a jury trial. If found guilty by a panel of my peers I wonder just how many years I will get? Or maybe it is a case of the State and Town just needing the fine money?
October 29, 2012 04:31:50 whatever   They still won't pave the road
October 28, 2012 18:54:53 what?   Golden Corral!YUMM! We can all get fat, cheap! It's about time someone is creating jobs, the last four years has been devastating to the U.S., hopefully change is coming, the American people need it.
October 28, 2012 14:51:48 Oct Meeting Minutes   FYI Meeting Minutes for OCTOBER 2012 Document link does not open as of 10/29/12. Can the October Minutes be re-uploaded and made available? Thank you in advance.
October 28, 2012 12:01:45 Old Fa rt   Applications are been given out on Shears rd 4 ways for employment at the new Walt Mart/BJ.
October 28, 2012 11:58:41 Old Timer   ARE YOU READY FOR THE PERFECT STORM?
October 28, 2012 09:58:20 Old Timer   There is a whole lot of junk,old barns,broken down equipment around town,especially on rt8 before the 4 ways,that is a fire hazard,going north on right,thats a fire waiting to happen.whats the idea of collecting garbage and put it in from of your house.what happened to the law ,that was suppouse to keep propertys clean.
October 28, 2012 07:02:54 local resident   tommy boy don\'t you have to have a junk permit to have all that scrap metal on your property they made the gray\' junk yard get one
October 27, 2012 16:54:12 Grumpy Ernst Keidel Well, Masonville Resident, ANYTHING Masonvillians want to communicate is relevant and that IS what this board is about. I myself do not handle the mechanics of this site; I pay a professional webmaster to do that. It was he who installed the version of the message board in use and whatever censorship program it utilizes.
October 27, 2012 16:44:31 Observer   Relevant to what? Nonsense about Shear Road? That sure is relevant to the whole of society.
October 27, 2012 15:32:02 old FA RT   Dont cancel my name
October 27, 2012 15:30:51 old *CENSORED*   WALT MART? OOOOHH YEAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!
October 27, 2012 15:29:15 TX-1   Right,who cares about your pc,lets talk about paving Shears rd and the Walt Mart that will be build inthere.
October 27, 2012 15:17:02 masonville resident   Who cares what you\'re doing with your computer. Really? Is this what this message board is about? Keep it relevant.
October 27, 2012 11:09:22 Observer   Downloaded and installed the release version of MS Windows 8 Professional. Seems to be a bit smoother than the pre-release version I downloaded a few months ago. While it is smooth and slick in presentation it is going to take a little getting used to. The start button is not included along with some of the other features of Windows 7; but, all in all I think I am going to like it. One thing I did notice was the fact it took much longer to download and install than the previous versions of downloadable Windows. I am not sure why this was so. Perhaps it was to do with my DSL connection which does not seem as good as it used to be even though I upgraded to the faster version from Frontier.
October 27, 2012 03:30:15 what the   retart works bettor
October 26, 2012 19:38:35 TX-1   Walt Mart on Shears rd at the 4 ways!!!!! Make a left go 1/2 mile BJ will be there,OK!!!!
October 26, 2012 15:49:33 what?   But t's Concrete is on the censored list too. LOL!
October 26, 2012 14:58:48 tommy klehr   wow... can't even let r-e-t-a-r-d through.
October 26, 2012 14:58:06 tommy klehr dear "what the?", it's spelled "*CENSORED*". and it is i.
October 26, 2012 14:01:28 what the?   Who is the retart that has a man buried upside down on his lawn on rt 8
October 26, 2012 13:56:24 whatever   They can't nobdy wants to pave it
October 26, 2012 13:51:59 Observer   Won't that disturb the bear?
October 26, 2012 10:02:27 also a Masonville homeowner   Is everyone ready for the upcoming storm? Hopefully we will only get the very edge of it.
October 25, 2012 11:41:22 tommy klehr Mr. Dumond, Thank you for taking the time to talk to me at the Republican Meet & Greet session at the Masonville Town Hall last Friday evening. I am sorry that you had to cut it short as I had many more questions; however, I understand your need to depart, since I am a father as well. The reason I was late in arriving was my own child care constraints. Please do send me the articles about which we spoke. I would like to read the articles from which you\'ve formed your opinion. If I heard you correctly that evening, you said that you were not aware of any gas leases in Masonville. Doing a very quick search the other evening, I found that there are, in fact, gas leases here. From January 2012, shows a map of Delaware county with leased areas. From August 2008, shows a listing of people in Delaware and Otsego counties who have leases as of that date. Only five then --- I imagine there are quite a few more now. Finally, I would like to reiterate my thoughts on having Mr. Shepstone present at the last town council meeting. The fact that a paid spokesperson for the oil & gas industry gave a one-sided presentation bothers me. It bothers me that this was done at the last town council meeting prior to the election. It also bothers me that his presence was not advertised in advance so that more people could attend in person. What bothers me most, however, is that Mr. Shepstone was involved years ago in the town\'s Comprehensive Master Plan. In his recent presentation, Mr. Shepstone states that the CMP reflects the town\'s desire to preserve the mineral and gas rights of property owners; however, nowhere in the survey for the CMP does it mention gas drilling. The references to gas drilling in the CMP itself are sections that Mr. Shepstone wrote. Yet now he holds this document up as proof that the town wants it. Appearance of impropriety? If you truly want the voters to make an educated decision on this matter, then you and the rest of the board must present the information, in an unbiased manner, to the Masonville residents because “An educated populace is necessary for good government.” Respectfully, tommy klehr
October 25, 2012 07:47:12 Houck Road Resident   Dear Shears Rd Resident - The Houck Road residents pay taxes too. Yet, we had to pay out of our own pockets to get a section of the road upgraded and paved. Why should your road be treated any different?
October 25, 2012 07:37:04 Denis Burpoe Shears road resident. I drove on the road yesterday. I can not and will not promise anything to get a vote. But if the issue is brought before the board and I am a sitting member, I will treat your concerns the same as everyone. I will due my due diligence and use the resources that are available. What is the responsibility of the town? Talk to the other board members. If I am correct this has been a issue with the residents for a long time. But do not forget I will be working for what is best for Masonville. Please write in Denis Burpoe column #11 for the 1 year term as town councilman.
October 24, 2012 09:27:31 Denis Burpoe. dburpoe@ yahoo .com Thank you Berti for the kind words and your vote. If elected I will work hard using Logic, ethics and all the resources available to help move Masonville into the future. Again thank you for your support.Please use column #11 on the ballot to write in Denis Burpoe for Member of Council on November 6 it is the 1 year term that I am running for.Which is good people if I do not reprsent the town in a way that is in the best interest of the town you can vote me out in 1 year.It is a gamble for me worth taking. Please remember Masonville is my Home.
October 24, 2012 07:22:44 Shears Rd Hunter   Talking about Shears rd... Anyone Caught or seen any big game this year ??? Any one seen The MV evil Bear. or That Buck ???
October 23, 2012 22:14:42 bertimouse   Regarding the Sidney HighSchool Auditorium:The reason why the SCSD H.S. Auditorium wasnt touched during the 40 mil.bldg.project is because the Ceiling is Loaded with Asbestos...any renovation there wouldve cost at least 3mil.then:4 touch that ceiling!
October 23, 2012 22:02:23 bertimouse   I supervised Denny when he worked for the SCSD 40 mil Building Project:it was Ironic. When He First came into my Construction trailer,he was looking for a Job. He had an interview for a Big Construction Co.the next day.I showed him the ropes.The rest is all History. Denny was Hired the Next Day because I like to believe that I helped him just how to be Cool during an Interview. Next thing I knew,Denny was the Next GC Super vs. Me the Constr. Site Rep. for SCSD, LOL! :) Every month,I attended interior Boe mtgs.with the current school Administrators in their back rooms regarding the bldg.project...yah what fun. Every month though,I enjoyed the Public boe mtgs. -A Dog&Pony Show-they called it. I liked them because I got to: 1.Dress up.2.Show everyone who wanted to be there-what the construction Before & After photos were&give a(truthful)progress report on the Project. Denny&His Family are Good neighbors&we Love Them. As neighbors,we are not necessarily on the same page all the time but-We All Care Deeply about what happens to them. All that spit that went down back then?You can be sure that Denny&I&Everyone Remembers. Who gets my Local Vote?Denis Burpoe because: 1.I know his Work Ethics,LOL! 2.I know my Neighbor Loves the TOM. 3.I know he can take the Work.
October 23, 2012 20:44:58 Mormon Hollow Farm   Very important to vote at school, email says school is recruiting college student absentee ballots with postage paid returns! Please vote
October 23, 2012 19:09:25 Jeri Brayman, town council member   I just received an email from Vicki Kultz saying there will be a meeting with a presentation for the 10/30 SCSD vote and there will be a question and answer session following. This will be at 7:30, Oct 25 in the HS auditorium. Odd they should wait so long to get the public input. She wants this passed on to Masonville residents, please attend.
October 23, 2012 15:42:28 what?   I wouldn't want to work at a place that would not be willing to pay a raise, who would? Maybe we should do away with the town crew and contract the work, plowing out and pay WAY more in taxes.Sidney looked into this and WOW, decided a town crew was a big savings.
October 23, 2012 15:35:01 what?   Just drove over Sherman Hill rd from Sidney Center to Franklin, both have a larger tax base than Masonville. Over 20 nice houses (not a camp, or maybe someday a house or two)on the part of the road that is ALL DIRT. Stop whining.
October 23, 2012 13:41:29 Shears Rd Resident   To Denis B. : Question , If we vote for you, and you win. Can you push to pave Shears Rd. From where the Current Pavement Ends atleast to the top of the hill ( druggie Spot ). We pay taxes and shall have pavement like the others tax payers down below on shears rd which have pavement. Thats not fair! How about it, ?? Can you think about this ???
October 23, 2012 12:20:24 what!   Local rersident you must be rich just give your money away.Its not about the men its about how much can we pay in taxes and still live a decent life in Masonville.
October 23, 2012 12:18:28 denis Burpoe Please when you write in Denis Burpoe for town councilman use column #11 for the 1 year term under the write in on the ballot on Tuesday November 6 any questions please call me at 265-3455
October 23, 2012 12:12:44 local resident   I have never heard the town workers complain, so why are you down on them? They are happy with their jobs, it is everyone else doing the complaining. Guess everyone has to have an issue with something or someone.
October 23, 2012 11:55:55 concerned taxpayer   Please tell me what you are doing on Steam Mill Road? The road is 100% WORSE than before- IT needs to be fixed before someone slids right off the road into the ditch!
October 23, 2012 11:34:46 one more home owner.   also a homeowner amphenol is a private industry that works with federal and private contracts they are trained skilled proffesionals who have their contract that is usally based on profits as well as needs. The town guys work for the taxpayers whom I could almost say have not received a increase in wages in years I haven't. You are correct they do work odd hours are on call have a benifit package that is bettor than proberly any where in the state. We also let them have summer hours where they work 4 10 hr. days and will charge overtime if they have to come in on a Friday ( I think that this is a ethecial question)I would not recommend a pay raise for them as taxes are increasing insurances are going up electric bills are running rampant gasoline is out of control. the state has raised the hunting licences dog tags building permits but not salaries. Is it true that all state employes have to take a day off every month or lose thier jobs. I would be nice if some represented the people,s needs and not give out our money because they are nice guy,s and due the job that they are payed for. Enough of what a nice job they do either do the job be happy that you have one or look for another. There are plenty of people who have the traing and a family who would love to work in Masonville.
October 23, 2012 11:05:39 also a Masonville homeowner   Homeowner in Masonville---By cutting the highway budget do you really think the roads will get better??? Think about it, do you like a raise? Do you like to go to work and have roads plowed and sanded? When these men go to work they drive very heavy trucks on sheets of ice and lots of snow, not that many years ago,the roads (even state roads) had snow on them from Nov. thru April and we all managed. Yes at that time the men were paid a lot less and did a fine job, but now days everyone makes more money and living expenses have gone up. Before making too many complaints maybe you should go out and drive on one of the snow or ice covered roads before the men risk their lives to make it safe for you and your family! Yes they do choose their job, but like many other jobs it is a big risk and they should be paid for it. (Check with Amphenol and see how the wages there compare to our highway dept.) and also consider the risk they face when going to work and at work. Maybe all should appreciate our crew instead of finding fault all of the time!!! Also. these men are on call the entire winter and have no time to make definite holiday plans like the rest of us do.
October 23, 2012 07:18:42 Homeowner in Masonville   Denis you seem to have an excellent grasp on what our town needs in regards to school, roads and bridge issues. i think that if the TOM is going to move forward and maintain a certain standard of living for all their residents your ideas should be considered. I resent the condition of the roads that I must drive on to get to and from my home and job. I resent the fact that the highway department gets a raise while the budget is cut in other areas that are an integral part of running our community. We are living in a time when money is scarce. Being cautious and doing what is best for the taxpayers is imperative. I will be voting for Denis Burpoe as a write in and I hope that others will also consider doing so. His input would be in the best interest of our town.
October 22, 2012 12:34:28 Denis Burpoe I believe that the Sidney Central School Board of education is not informing the Taxpayers in a fair and conscious manner. It would be in the best interest to all to replace the 2 boilers as they are antiquated and are not efficient for the future and will cost a lot of the taxpayers money to maintain. With the natural Gas line being installed tru the interstae corridor I would hope when installed that they can be converted into natural gas and if coodrinated properly at no cost to the taxpayer. Also the auditorium needs to be updated the HVAC system is old proberbly has buried dampers and is not cost effective. I know from experiance that they system is proberly not functiong properly is not exchanging the proper airs and is insufficient to move foward with.The accustics and sound system are awful and our Students are not getting the full benifit from what technology could bring to this areaas far as assembly's,class shows, public speaking events and used for emergrncy mamagement services. But no they had to incorporate the new field into this vote and are holding hostage the real upgrades that the school campus needs and would benifit the students and taxpayers. I will not be voting for the 1.5 million that the board wants in their savings account to use where and whenever they seem neccessary with no taxpayer and voter input.I have my Son asking me to vote for the new field he is in the 10th grade. Not once has he asked about the other upgrades that the board of education is requesting. You would think that whoever is giving out this information to the student body about this vote is not being fair and is not giving the all the information about what the needs of the school are. Again they are not educating the student to what they are asking of the taxpayer, Just that we will have failed our children without this new field. But only the information that they think our children will understand.I am sure that there will be votes based on only the factor of the field but not all the issues.I am also a opponent that Nancy Parsons step down from the position of President of the Board of Educationas the debacal of the first field was done on her watch the first time and She should not be in charge of fixing the mistakes on our dime due to her ignorance and closed mind to the taxpayers questions at the time. I will not be voting for anything at the school as long as Mrs. Parsons is involved, She is a excuse maker finger pointer and not a problem solver.Thank You for your time and plaese write in Denis Burpoe as your next town Councilman of Masonville.I will be answering the remaing emails that I received this week.
October 22, 2012 11:10:44 SCSD voter   Be sure to vote at SCSD this month and read all of the literature that is in letters to editors and info on this site. This vote could cost lots of money in the future if not voted no. Maintenance sees to be a big issue, would it not be cheaper to bus football team to other fields for practice and games?
October 22, 2012 07:58:15 Rob   No comments since last year?
October 21, 2012 22:54:42 bertimouse   Maintenance for our schools is Critical Now. The SCSD Truly Needs a Regular Maintenance Program NOW which requires a regular,yearly,monthly,budget. If the SCSD has not included this most important part of the SCSD budget this year then We All Need To Look Very,Very Much Closer. Our Vote Counts.
October 21, 2012 22:35:48 bertimouse   Not sure which local Football Fields ie- Bainbridge, Oneonta,Walton,Franklin,Oswego,etc. have the artificial turfs now. Know that Vestal HS has one where I personally supervised the inspection & installation of that a few years ago. Big money for their SD! Not something this district can Afford! Vote NO for the field improvements. Vote Yes to improve the HS Maintenance Budget.
October 19, 2012 22:38:30 what?   Is the artificial field lumped into the rest of what the school actually needs on the budget? Just wondering before I vote. I will vote NO on any taxpayer money being spent for artificial turf, take a look at the surrounding schools, very few of them have went to artificial expensive turf. Sidney has been playing EXCELLENT, one of the best in the state!! right now on this 'unplayable' field that has been lit up every weekend. HUMMm.
October 19, 2012 20:40:44 bertimouse   Dear Masonville resident\SCSD voter: Dont have to. The answer here is NO to an Artificial Field for SCSD. The SCSD Budget vs. graduated students every year does not justify it. For another $80K per year they could hire 3 full time maintenance staff-Just-to take care of the grass that they have long neglected since it was newly installed during the last 40 mil building project. In Phase 2 of that project there was a 4K change order for a remote-controlled lawn watering system. 1.How much you wanna Bet that they've never used it. 2.One would ask the current boe what they did with this equipment that We Paid For? 3.Bottom line: the SCSD H.S. Athletic Dept. needs to have better communication and coordination with the Sidney H.S. Maintenance Dept.-It should Not come down to a Community-wide Vote for something like this. You guys need to stop & work it out between yourselves First. The maintenance dept. at the SCSD for a Long Time has much to be desired...a smaller increase in their budget would be better than this vote for a new field, LOL!
October 19, 2012 17:28:47 Masonville resident \ SCSD voter   All should read the letter to the editor in the Tri Town News this week,written by Patricia Smith. This should be read and a lot of thought given before all vote on the new athletic field which the school board thinks we have to have. We are now in the bottom 10% in the state, academically. I ask, which is more important in our childrens future, sports or academics? Please think long and hard before voting.
October 19, 2012 14:55:32 amazed   \"The righful owner needs to be established\" so that you have someone to hold liable is what you mean. Its unbelievable that just a simple Thank you to those that repaired the bridge wasnt suffient...instead its a huge deal of who is responsible, who can be sued. If noone is walk across the bridge at your own it should be!!!!
October 19, 2012 14:44:27 Observer   Reading over the minutes of Town Board Meetings from the past few years I think there is someone who likes to play "Devils Advocate" at Town Board meetings and on this site. That is fine as long as it does not get personal or vindictive. I certainly hope no one is doing it just because they like the controversy it causes? If they are doing it because they want the best for our community or makeing sure things are above board that is great but for any personal reasons that is wrong.
October 19, 2012 14:30:24 Just interested   OH OH someone bringing up the Hatch Act. That can really open a can of worms. U. S. Office of Special Counsel can be really nasty when they so want to be!!
October 19, 2012 13:58:15 cocerned   MIKE in reference to the hold harmless agreement who is considered to be the legal owner of this bridge? who is this agreement with? someone has to claim ownership to it if it a private. who pays the liability ins.? i think as it stands this is a accident waiting for something to happen. the rightful owner must be established .
October 19, 2012 11:43:59 Observer   Legal - Can your tell me when the Town Board took action to abandon and remove the Church Street Bridge? It must have been quite some time ago as the bridge has been closed for a number of years. I have minutes from town meetings for several years back and could not find anything in them pertaining to the bridge. My understanding is that some hiking association uses the bridge as part of a hiking trail and actually paid for the materials to repair it. It probably falls under the "use at your own risk" policy the same as any hiking trail would. But I am not a lawyer so I really do not know. Personally I think Mr. Barnes and his crew done a great job and kept the charm of the old bridge. Residents of the street do not have to worry about traffic unless foot traffic bothers them. I remember many years ago I used Church Street as a short cut to 206 and then to Beach Hill coming from home to the Scintilla and then back home.
October 19, 2012 11:06:52 Mike Spaccaforno   LEGAL?,..... All who worked on the bridge signed a Hold Harmless Agreement releasing The Town or anyone connected to The Town of any financial or legal responsibility. It was done at their own risk and with no pay. It was great to see everyone involved come together to accomplish this repair. It shows that there is still a great amount of pride in this town. Many thanks to all involved.
October 19, 2012 09:51:01 local resident   legal? You can not be a forever Masonville resident or you would be pleased to see the community come together for a project such as this one!
October 19, 2012 07:15:39 What Legal?   I can only think of one person in Town that would make a legal issue over anything to do with the community coming together to fix the bridge! I guess to good deed goes unpunished! It is just a shame to see someone that comes to meeting after meeting who only wants bad news and bad things for the Town!
October 19, 2012 04:41:10 what?   Great article in the Walton Reporter on the bridge! Great to see there are still good people in the world and many of them live in our small town of Masonville.Thanks everybody who helped, not just for improving the bridge, but for being an inspiration for our other local communities to do great things also!
October 18, 2012 23:45:25 legal?   has anyone checked the names on the ballot agaist the "Hatch Act" ? I don't think so! As far as the bridge, nice idea but the bridge was per town movement to be removed. anyone who touches it for any reason is accepting personal liabilty for any injury, fautlty work etc as well as violating town action! whois paying for the Person(s) who fall off the bridge?
October 18, 2012 12:49:22 resident of masonville   Nice turnout for budget workshop, nice to see the interest in our town.
October 17, 2012 22:07:46 bertimouse   Did anyone catch the US Senator Debate tonight? Gillibrand is who were voting for because 1.good answers.2.good history here.3.better educated.4.more experienced.5.more local.6.younger & looks better, ha ha.
October 17, 2012 10:34:29 Denis Burpoe Observer I agree with you on my statement on how to represent all the pepole of Masonville.I should have been more descridtive on the statement. There is a process that i would use to work with the rest of the Town Council Mmembers to resolve any issue's concerns even unfunded mandates.In no particular order I would determine what is the burden to the tax payers then what is my responsibilty as a council member is. Also what is the responsibilty off the Town? Use every resource available tome to come with a decision to help resolve whatever the issue might be.I would put my input to thr rest of the Council listen to their opinions and debate if necessary.Come up with a decision that is best for the Town of Masonville.But again the procees always has to be what is good for all of Masonville. If you have read my post from 8-7-12 you will see thatI stated that as a democracy we cannot and will not satisfy all. But thru the process and using all the resources available we will be able to make a good clear educated decision that more than likely not satisfy all the people of Masonville. But thru the process we will make the right decision. I am sure that there will be decisions that I will not be fond of but will stand behind because I did my due diligence. It only matters if I am elected. Please write in Denis Burpoe on November 6. Observer thank you again.
October 16, 2012 10:49:10 voter   budget workshop 10/17/12 7:30
October 16, 2012 09:54:28 voter   when is the budget work shop scheduled
October 15, 2012 23:28:02 bertimouse   IN CASE YALL FORGOT: THIS meeting will be held This Friday 10/19 from 6pm-8pm at the TOM Town Hall. Come out and speak with your current representatives regarding their future vision for our Town. Cool.
October 15, 2012 21:59:51 tommy klehr Dear \"voter\", As far as I know, nobody \"ordered\" the Church Street bridge to be repaired. It was discussed at the town council meeting a few months ago and planned to be fixed in spring 2013. I asked to have it done sooner for several reasons: people walk around our only block in the evenings; kids ride their bikes and families push strollers across it; the Finger Lakes Walking Trail Conference use it as part of their trail; Halloween is coming and trick-or-treaters will be walking on it. It is unsafe and yet people still use it. I should say, it was unsafe. The Finger Lakes Walking Trail Conference kindly donated the funds necessary for the wood. Dave Barnes donated the services of his crew at Masonville Stone to remove the rotten boards and install the new wood. The cost to the town so far? Nothing. You raise a good question: who is going to pay for its upkeep? Who paid for its upkeep since the last time the wood was replaced? Judging from the holes and weak spots, I would guess that nobody has paid for its upkeep in a long time. Who owns the bridge? I don\'t know. If I had to guess, I would say the town owns it, since it was part of a town road. To be honest with you, I don\'t really care who owns it. What matters is that people in this town worked together to improve the quality of life here. If you want to blame someone for this, then feel free to blame me. Blame me all you like. Mr. Barnes\'s crew did a fantastic job. It will last a lot longer than the previous bridge deck. You should come by and check it out. Feel free to stop by my house and I\'ll show you pictures of the bridge as it existed before this past Saturday. I think you\'ll agree with me.
October 15, 2012 21:39:10 bertimouse   Thanks Craig.
October 15, 2012 21:35:41 Observer   RE: Replanking the bridge on Church Street. As Clare Boothe Luce said, "No Good Deed Goes Unpunished."
October 15, 2012 21:03:40 Craig DuMond   Your Republican incumbent candidates are: Mike Spaccaforno for Town Supervisor, Craig DuMond for Councilman and Steve Roff for Councilman. Mr. Roff is a registered Conservative also being endorsed by the committee.
October 15, 2012 20:50:02 Craig DuMond   The Masonville Republican Committee has invited all Townspeople and ALL voters, regardless of political affiliation, to a meet and greet of our Republican incumbent board members. The meeting will be held this Friday 10/19 from 6pm-8pm at the Masonville Town Hall. Come out and speak with your current representatives regarding their future vision for our Town.
October 15, 2012 20:10:01 voter   who in the he-- ordered the church street bridge to be rebuilt . as a long resident i was always told that the bridge was closed by the state because it was not structually sound . who ownes it ? who is going to pay for its up keep? did the town board approve this ? who! who!
October 15, 2012 19:08:45 just me   Did anyone else receive a meet and greet invitation today
October 15, 2012 19:05:31 a resident   When is the town budget meeting?
October 15, 2012 18:38:28 bertimouse   Observer: dont see any class clash here. Also a voter: your comment about-Well being than Drilling-was such an ironic oxymoron just had to laugh,sorry mean no disrespect neighbor and Fear Not. We all can vote the way we want to so lets just all do that and see how the chips fly.Life here in the TOM will go on as it always has,you betcha. :) Gotta feeling about this folks,is all...Nothing is going to change our World so yall should just Relax and Vote.So long as We All Care about what happens in the TOM and the USA,we will Always be Ok.Everyone has a part in this not just those who speak here.
October 15, 2012 18:30:59 Observer   Mormon Hallow Farm - Yes, I know that but Mr. Burpoe mentioned in his post that someone asked about his stand on that issue and he stated he was for electing said office. I also said I agreed with him. I remember a couple years back when this issue came up after our Superintendent was tragically killed.
October 15, 2012 18:03:09 Mormon Hollow Farm   The highway superintendent is an elected position in the town of Masonville.
October 15, 2012 17:27:12 Observer   To the best of my knowledge I have never met Mr. Denis Burpo but while he may be sincere in his proclamation of representing "ALL" the people of Masonville that is an impossibility. He most certainly will have and has different views and ambitions for the town than some other people may have. In order to represent "ALL" the people of Masonville he would have to be in agreement with every point of view and that I doubt. One thing he did mention that I do agree with is his stand on electing the road Superintendent. I do not believe in eliminating any elected office. It does not appear at this time the election is going to bring about any drastic changes in Masonville but it behooves all us voters to make ourselves familiar with every issue. Upsets have happened in elections and I fear an upset in this election would spell many problems in the near and far future of this town. This town is right on the edge of a class clash and that would be disastrous. Nothing is worse for a town than the "haves" against the "have nots".
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