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October 15, 2012 16:17:30 Denis Burpoe I would like to thank everyone who emailed me with questions: I hope that I articulated myself to ensure your write in vote on November 6. A lot of questions had to do with the moratorium to change the zoning laws. I beleive that New York state has not completed their studies and provided guidance for permitting and requirements that must be adhered to at a local level. Also a moratorium can be challanged and come at a substantial cost to our community and we would have to expend substantial resources to defend the law. I also had questions about having the Highway Supertendent appointed instead of elected. I disagreed with this as I beleive that the voters would lose their voice with respect to highway services,But I think as a board member the board should have input on highway services as if I am correct it takes over 23 % of our town budget. At the same time I am a firm believer in our towns agricultural, farm lands and Bluestone mining and they will sustain our natural resources and preserve our rural identity. I also had questions on what I would do as a board member; first I would attend to the business of the town and be active in any committe that I was assigned. I would give moral and professional support to our town Supervisor to help insure his/her goals for the town are met. I will provide proper financial oversite and assist in devolping the annual budget. ensure legal and ethical integrity and work toward legal standards and ethical norms. And my number one responsibilty would be to enhance the boards public standing and clearly articulate our goals and accomplishments as to garner support from the community. Again thank you for the emails and please Write in Denis Burpoe as your Member of Council for the town of Masonville and please I will represent ALL the PEOPLE of MASONVILLE.
October 15, 2012 15:03:09 concerned   i hear that there will be a meet the candidate party at the town hall sponsored by the Republican Party .does any know the date ? can anyone come ? are tea party members invited? will there be a debate?
October 15, 2012 12:25:43 Old timer   HEY! anybody seen the big bad bear?
October 15, 2012 10:32:02 Mormon Hollow Farm   Thanks to Dave Barnes and crew for the new bridge deck they installed over the weekend on Church St. also a thank you to Masonville Stone for the bluestone carving they donated to the town, it is on display at the town hall.
October 15, 2012 09:51:53 TX-1   HEY!!! thats a great idea,ALL you can eat for 9.99 , sounds good
October 15, 2012 07:54:12 also a voter   voter too, thank you for supporting our town board I feel it is very important to have people represent us from different walks of life and also to know that there is a lot more to Masonville's well being than drilling.
October 14, 2012 22:55:54 Voter Too!   Dear Dont Know Why I vote, by NYS Town Law, the Supervisor is the chief officer of the Town and is in charge of each Town Board meeting. This is why traditionally, he or she is the person who answers most questions. However, I noticed that in Masonville the board is made up of a broad range of individuals; male, female, business leaders, farmers, etc. It would appear to be that all of our current Town Board members have opinions and I have personally observed them speak out and voice their opinions and concerns. I like that our board is made up of people from different backgrounds and expertise. I dont know if the previous Supervisor (Mr. DuMond) set it up that way but if he did I think it was a wise decision, instead of having a bunch of bobble heads all holding hands and agreeing on everything. It appears to me that this separates our current Town Board from the Masonville 1st group. Masonville 1st seems to only have one agenda (fracking, moratoriums, land use regulations)and they do not think independently. Another reason why I plan to vote our incumbents back into office!
October 13, 2012 19:02:55 Observer   Most members of small town boards are not professional politicians. They usually are elected to the office based on popularity or familiarity not ability. Yes, I do agree that most of the time at board meetings, not just this town, one person (generally the supervisor) does most of the talking. Many times this is due to the fact the disagreements or non-understanding on the part of the board members has been hashed out over the preceeding month. From experience I know that most of the average board members of these small town do not and have not kept up with all the laws, rules, state mandates, etc. like the Supervisor may have; thus input from them at meetings is generally limited. Not to say that some people do not tend to dominate meetings. That is when the rest of the board should insist on speaking up. I know in my case it took several meetings and a personal conversation with the supervisor of the town before he understood that at least I would insist on having my say at meetings.
October 13, 2012 15:45:17 Jeri Brayman, town council member   The application for absentee votes must either be personally delivered to your county board of elections no later than the day before the election or postmarked by a governmental postal service not later than the 7th day before election day. The ballot itself must either be personally delivered to the board of elections no later than the close of polls on election day or postmarked by a governmental postal service not later than the day before the election and received no later than the 7th day after the election. Hope this explains how absentee votes work, these are the directions on ballot application.
October 13, 2012 15:18:30 what?   What mess? Please elaborate.I didn't know the town was in a mess. The state of NY, and our Country on the other hand are in a terrible mess.
October 13, 2012 13:11:08 Don't know why I vote   What is a traditional town board look like, one person answering all the questions. The rest just nodding in agreement.That is what got us in this mess.
October 13, 2012 12:40:25 EYE SORE   MV shall make that lady with those chickens and live stock on rt 8. on south bound to knock down that eye sore barn which is a eye sore and un safe and is not good MV.
October 13, 2012 11:25:34 Denis Burpoe All the residents who picked up your Absentee Ballots please write in Denis Burpoe as a write in Canditate for Member of Council. I will represent all the people of Masonville. Please email me and I will be glad to let you know where I stand with fracking,town infrastructure, taxes, as well as the responsibilty of a Council member Again follow instruction # 3 mon your ballot and vote for a Candidate that has no Agenda or alliances to the sitting board and who will work for ALL OF MASONVILLE. Thank you and I hope we all have a safe enjoyable holiday season.
October 13, 2012 11:14:03 what!   45 minutes left to pick up your absentee ballot in Delhi.
October 13, 2012 10:34:12 Jeri Brayman   Kids-- Free pumpkins---stop at Brayman residence on Mormon Hollow Rd.
October 13, 2012 10:08:00 Mormon Hollow Farm   Anyone needing an absentee voting application please contact Jeri Brayman at 265-3769 leave a message and I will get back to you for further information so one can be mailed.
October 13, 2012 01:54:32 what?   Sidney Football won again on their dilapidated unplayable field 5-2 overall, hmmm,.
October 12, 2012 19:31:32 resident of masonville   Who is the current dog control person? Is there a phone number to reach them?
October 12, 2012 11:39:41 Observer   Reasonable - Hear!! Hear!!
October 12, 2012 08:13:23 Whatever.   Does it mean that the Little's are Little landowners
October 12, 2012 06:51:42 Reasonable   New York is on a fast track toward total fianancial collapse. We have no money but we continue to come with more entitlement programs every day...we have no money but we advertise for people to come out and sign up for these programs...we have no money but we now have 2 generations of folks who will never work and have become totally dependent on the welfare system, their dignity robbed by the same individuals that claim to want to help them...we have no money but we issue free cell phones, free cars, big screen TVs, unlimited health care with no co-pays and at the same time lay off public employees because we have no money. Obama could learn a few tricks from Prince Andrew, both socialists that dont even have a fundemental knowledge on how the economy really works. Masonville is not the only critical election this year...its been like watching a train wreck in slow motion, both on the State and Federal levels. Lets not watch it a 3rd time on our local Town level...
October 11, 2012 23:20:34 what?   Just re-read it on the official site, not 'media' but the Tax Foundation,(a non-partisan, non-profit research organization that has monitored tax policy at the federal, state and local levels since 1937.)." New York slid past New Jersey for the bottom spot by having the worst individual income tax, the sixth-worst unemployment insurance taxes, and the sixth-worst property taxes."
October 11, 2012 23:13:37 what?   For which issue Berti? If it is NY being the worst for Business, that would be 2013 State Business Tax Climate Index according the Tax Foundation, in the U S of A. In the order of the states that have the "business-friendliest" tax climates, NY now ranks 50th, 0 from the bottom. Of the BOTTOM ten states where jobs are not being created, welfare is, unemployment is high, are all Democrat controlled states, or have been for a long time.
October 11, 2012 20:16:26 bertimouse   Would like to see where your Sources are from,What? Lots of Folks say lots of things. If you trust any reporting Media today-without them quoting a Source? -Its just them speaking their own opinions,LOL! Theres Way Too Much Media Hype and Spin these days, Especially During Major Elections: whether its local,regional or National. They all are just doing their jobs-to get their ratings up. They dont care about anyone but themselves and that. They(the Spin Doctors&Media Moguls)should leave us all alone to decide for ourselves;based on our own opinions&research of what we hear & see from all of the political candidates. Yah right,what? It would be interesting to see how much money gets funneled from the TV,etc.networks to the various political campaigns and,why isnt that transparent? Because the media folks dont want us to know stuff like that. Why?Because we would all know how Dirty the Political Game(and It Is All A Game)Is. No Party is immune. Theyre all Crooks. They All make "back-room" deals both locally,regionally and nationally. In Any Election These Days whether Locally,Regionally or Nationally,all you Have to Decide on Who To Vote For is:1.Whos the Least Crook? 2.Whos gonna Help Me&My Cares The Most? Sad to Say but that appears to be our Reality in 2012.
October 11, 2012 19:39:59 bertimouse   Bravo Kendal.
October 11, 2012 15:02:09 kendal   Just to be CLEAR. This is NOT the town junk clean up day which happens (or not) in Spring.
October 11, 2012 14:59:58 kendal   Masonville's Meet up & clean up VOLUNTEER DAY is Saturday, October 20th, 9am @the Four Corners. This is an opportunity to get together with your neighbors and spruce up Masonville. We'll be picking up litter, cleaning sidewalks, and planting flower bulbs, so please wear good shoes and bright clothing. Gloves, trowels, flat head shovels and smiles are welcome!
October 11, 2012 08:52:52 tax payer   Hope all remember to vote at school, also you can call district office and they will mail form for absentee ballots.
October 11, 2012 04:28:19 what?   Berti, did you know New York switched places this year with New Jersey to become the state ranked as having the worst business tax climate in the United States.New York ranks 50th in the individual tax index rank, and 45th in the unemployment insurance tax rank and property tax rank. New York (50th), New Jersey (49th), and California (48th). Of the BOTTOM ten, it's kind of funny that almost all these states are Democratic controlled, or had been for a long time.
October 11, 2012 04:19:16 what?   I agree,Observer! But can you imagine telling your neighbor he can't cut the mature trees on their property they pay tax on because it will deplete the oxygen supply? Do we still drive cars?? I just wish they would get the chemicals out of the water, and I don't believe it is just a little "fabric softener".
October 11, 2012 04:12:07 what?   I haven't seen it up close, but the unusable, 10yr old football field is still in use, lit right up last weekend again. Two weeks ago they played on it after a full day of rain!
October 10, 2012 20:19:08 Voter Too!   It was nice to wake up and see the signs put up from the incumbent Town Board candidates. I hope they do more to get their traditional values message out to the voters. We do not need radical changes in Masonville...I am comfortable with the way business is done and the Board's traditional vision for the Town.
October 10, 2012 20:17:40 bertimouse   New York States economy is skewered by having "wall street" ie: the largest banks and brokers in this country: as one of our err, businesses. It would be interesting if you transplanted that to Nebraska or any other state in the Union and then see what their economy numbers would add up to. Our Housing industry is UP, along with the rest of the country...good sign.
October 10, 2012 19:48:38 Observer   No pun or insult intended. For all I know there might be someone in Masonville named Small! Or even Landowner LOL !
October 10, 2012 18:50:33 R. Little   Observer, please use "Mr. Small landowner" instead of "Mr. Little Landowner". I am sure you weren't aware that there is a family here in Masonville with the name Little. Thank you.
October 10, 2012 18:38:03 SCSD vote Tues. Oct 30 2012 7am-8pm   SCSD - Propositions 7.7 million capital project & District capital reserve of 1.5 million to help fund future needs!! Vote: October 30 2012 7am - 8am Projects: auditorium upgrades $600,000. athletic field $3,000,000. new boilers & ADA issues $2.1 million. District up-front funds from Reserve: 1.5 million. State EXCEL fund $321,668. district borrowed from Bond 5.8 million. 15yr $552,250 per yr. State aid rec'd annually $441,500. LOCAL COST $115,000 annually. Cap Reserve fund up to 1.5 million for 10yrs. $$ to be used for future maintance
October 10, 2012 17:17:43 Observer   One thing I have noted missing in all the rhetoric about drilling or not drilling is this: If Mr. Big Landowner living next to Mr. Little Landowner, who is not in line to make the big bucks that Mr Big Land Owner is in line to make, allows drilling on his land and it turns out that the drilling ruins Mr Little Landowner's property, i.e. Water etc. Is Mr Big Landowner willing to buy Mr. Little Landowner out seeing as his property is now unlivable?
October 10, 2012 17:13:04 good idea   Hopefully NY will see this someday,even Masonville.
October 10, 2012 16:05:53 what?   North Dakota, behind strong oil and gas development, has seen its economy expand while unemployment has remained low. Revenue was so great in North Dakota due to natural gas development, there was such a surplus in tax money that there was a push to abolish property taxes in the state.
October 10, 2012 15:57:40 what?   I hope my neighbors don't allow drilling on them, I'm still not convinced the chemicals in the frack water is safe. Zoning will affect all our TRADITIONAL Masonville industries, such as logging and bluestone quarrying, Zoning will NOT be beneficial to Masonville as far as making a living on what we have to offer goes. $BILLIONS$ have been made in other states, states that are the ONLY ones adding jobs in Obama's economy. If it wasn't for the states and towns that are taking advantage of what this country has to offer in natural resources unemployment under Obama would be much worse.
October 10, 2012 12:34:07 concerned voter   Mr. Beards- no one said you were not intelligent people, all that was said was that of all the meetings your group has attended, no one speaks of anything at all except drilling. There must be something else that concerns you with our town. Also, we are also educated and hard working people that have earned our living in and around Masonville, and some of us have come from downstate and are still concerned about other issues on a day to day basis. There was no insult intended, just food for thought. Please remember that life will go on once this drilling issue in NYS is settled, and it will take the entire state to make the decision, not just Masonville (yes, others in the state feel as your group does)
October 10, 2012 12:26:54 Denis Burpoe   Pennsylvania has approved the first natural gas power plant using the gas from the Marcellus Shale. What a novel concept wonder what their electric bills would be now that they do not have to buy resources from another Country Please Vote for Denis Burpoe as your write in Candidate on election day. He will Support and represent all the people of Masonville. ie: I am not a member of Masonville 1st. I did walk along side of the People of Masonville that fought to save our school.
October 10, 2012 11:58:23 Robert Beards   Just thinking? If you recall, when the school closing was the overwhelmingly important main issue, that's the issue the candidates ran on. It's taken for granted that normal day to day town activity and ongoing town priorities are expected to be attended to when one is in office. Why do you describe Masonville 1st's candidates as potentially so foolishly derelict of office, when their all written statements indicate they are not such simple-minded people?
October 10, 2012 10:45:02 just thinking   Just hope that all remember that there is a lot more to running a town than gas drilling issues. If we live our lives with "what if " we would not go outside and do any thing with the fear of being hit by a car and dieing. There are a lot of, what if's, with gas drilling but with other things also. If Masonville 1st takes on the town board, we will not have to worry about going to work next winter, because the town crew will be out trying to figure out how to stop drilling instead of plowing roads. Really, Masonville 1st ,there is more to life and we , here in Masonville have shown it for the past 200 years! The current town board has all town issues as a priority.
October 09, 2012 23:24:26 bertimouse   dont bet on it town resident. Seems like the Times They Are A Changing. Like a Duck on Water; just let it roll off your back. :)
October 09, 2012 23:07:54 bertimouse   Yup. From what you can tell. Might be what others can though eh? just saying. Haven't decided here yet. Thanks for your comments neighbor - food for thought to chew on.
October 09, 2012 20:58:42 Reasonable   From what I can tell (I have atended MANY board meetings) this election is about us continuing to live a lifesyle free of Town Board intrusions, regulations, etc versus moving toward zoning, moritoriums, land use regulations, etc. Even though the spokeperson of Masonville 1st (Marie Sroka) is inbending (wont even conside others opinions)is her position regarding moritoriums, none of the other Masonville 1st candidates stop her, slow her down or speak out against her; which leads me to believ they share her views and opinions regarding the future of Masonville. The Masonville 1st Supervisor candidate has yet to attend one board meeting (there are now more leading up to the election) to show a vested interest in the position. I have said it before and I will say it again, I am voting for the incumbants on the board because they are very clear regarding their positions on opposing moritoriums, zoning, land use regs,etc. I may not agree with them all the time (and I dont and have spoken publicly about it) however they all share a common thread regarding our freedoms and that is good enough for my vote!
October 08, 2012 11:07:02 just another voter   maybe Masonville 1st needs a new spokesperson and more people could understand their thoughts.
October 08, 2012 09:42:59 George Denys   Just an observation, not all Masonville First folks are of the same mind. You should, and have a responsibility to, find out each of their positions. You might be surprised.
October 08, 2012 09:19:38 voter   good job, resident of masonville!
October 07, 2012 11:15:56 resident of masonville   resident, I could not agree with you more, Marie is a very obnoxious, loud person and that is what the council does not need. She and the other Masonville 1st show no interest in our town except gas drilling. Not that this is not important but will probably not happen for a long time. Until then do we forget our roads, budget, town highway dept. issues and everything else????
October 07, 2012 05:42:47 resident   town resident there is a differnence between sitiing down a listening and brutaly forcing your opinion on everyone and condeming tye people for not agreeing.I saw the look in her eyes she scared me.Denis was right he has my vote.
October 06, 2012 12:00:43 town resident   Looks like all has settled down from last council meeting, hopefully by next month if we have another guest speaker all of our audience will set quietly and respect the board members as well as the speaker. Also the election will be over and that may quiet some down.
October 05, 2012 10:10:29 Observer   I am sure that over the years many candidates for office in Masonville have visited residents. But in the 11 or so years I have lived within the boundries of Masonville I have not received a visit from a candidate with the exception I mentioned. And, George Dnys may have stopped by the first time he ran for the board. I do not really recall. What I am trying to say is this: Maybe the "local" candidates are passing up an opportunity to clarify their opposition to the other group. Most of these small towns live very much in the past. Political office candidates run on the fact "everyone knows me and loves me so they will vote for me" mentality. Or elections were pretty much based on the power the candidate holds in or over the community. Those days are rapidly drawing to a close. I vividly recall attending a town board meeting (not this town) where a discussion of a subject came up and the Town Supervisior was against the proposal. I quote what he said, " I do not give a D a m n what the public wants. I do not want it and it will not happen.". The board and public accepted it without a whimper. Why? Because the supervisor was the power center of the town.
October 05, 2012 10:03:47 a concern neighbor   So when they are going to put a traffic light on shears rd by the 4 ways. thats a very busy 4 ways. very dangerous .... ??? by the way seen a hunter this morning pulling a big buck atleast a 12 ptr.out of the statelands on shears road. BIG DEER........Nice RACK..
October 05, 2012 04:37:44 what?   berti, Observer stated that "Maybe the "locals" can learn something from the "downstaters"", being the 'controversial' 'Masonville First' group visited his house and let him know their platform. This isn't anything 'new', the people running for election, re-election could have learned this from longtime TOM Supervisor Jack Thomas who got thrown under the bus after the school was closed.
October 04, 2012 22:13:17 bertimouse   What?s your point with the \"starting this\" comment? Starting What what?
October 04, 2012 21:51:30 what?   FYI, Observer our past elected Conservative Supervisor Jack Thomas visited our house every election. Thomas served on the county board from 1978 to 2005. The Liberal "downstaters" didn't start this.
October 04, 2012 19:21:37 bertimouse   well spoken and well agreed upon, Observer. Hear Here TOM! :)
October 04, 2012 17:15:04 Observer   I note that Tom Shepstone was the speaker at the meeting. I thought everyone was aware he is a shill for the gas industry. I told him so to his face. Not that there is anything wrong with taking that stand but he should be upfront and above the table on that subject.
October 04, 2012 16:55:24 Observer   I will say the Masonville First group is the very first candidates for any town office that has made an attempt to visit prospective voters and explain their platform. I was totally shocked when several of them stopped by my home and chatted with me. Over the years I have not even spoken to but one or two board members let alone stopping at my home. I know some by sight from having been at Town Board meetings but never outside that. Maybe the "locals" can learn something from the "downstaters".
October 04, 2012 15:02:52 Reasonable   Grumpy, our Supervisor, Mr. Spaccaforno, is AGAINST a moratorium at this point as is the rest of board at this point. The Board wants to wait and see what the State develops for regulations first, as until we know what we are dealing with, we will not know how to responsibly regulate it and protect the Town and it\'s people. This is a very simple, common sense approach and I support the Board in their courage by not bending to the political pressure of the minority, Marie Sroka and the rest of the Masonville 1st crowd. To try and plan for something we do not know anything about is like planning for the next invasion of aliens!!!
October 04, 2012 13:46:45 Denis Burpoe Haven\'t read the board in awhile lot going on. I was at the meeting last night was taken back by vicious attack on the guest speaker the board and the People of Masonville by Marie. I conduct project meeting weekly for the State of New york to resolve thousands some times hunderds of thousands of dollars of conflicts for the State Construction Fund and beleive me we do not agreee but we are civil and respectful of others and thier opinions. I can now see why the board has become frustrated with masonville first. Marie Asked a question I thought that the response was clearly thought out and hit all the points of her question, I do not beleive Marie even heard the response and went ballastic on the Speaker and the Board.Not good business for some who wants to represent all the people of Masonville. Now I do as your board member I will represent, Debate and solve issues that arise weather daily, weekly, monthly or hourly this is what I do. I will not sit back and watch this happen if elected. Please I will be running as a write in canidate for Town Councilman and it would be a great honer to serve a community that has shown nothing but respect and kindness for the last 26 years, Thank you I have been and will be campaining up to election please call me with any questions I\"m in the phone book same #for 25 years.
October 04, 2012 13:32:52 Grumpy Ernst Keidel Alas, a loud and vociferous meeting, last night. It was led off by Tom Shepstone, a guest speaker who sought to enlighten us to the benefits and consequences of fracking. During "Floor Time" the meeting quickly disintegrated into shouting and flaring tempers. To frack or not to frack remains the question. I think Mr. Spaccaforno has the right idea wanting a moratorium so we can better see what\'s what.
October 04, 2012 12:58:34 attends meetings   Mr. Jackson, great job, it is about time someone spoke up and tried to get some order to our meetings. I have no idea why M.Soraka would speak the way she does at meetings, not a good impression for a council candidate. Maybe where she comes from that is how things are done but not in Masonville, we do like respect, even if she thinks that she is better than the rest of us.
October 04, 2012 11:54:42 another voter   Just Me, Could not agree with you more. Also, the man running for supervisor of our town, never even shows for meetings, I would say someone has talked him into running and he really has no desire too. Maybe Masonville 1st are really showing their true colors and many people are starting to see how they really feel about Masonville. Seems to be their way or nothing, also seems they think nothing but drilling, you think the roads are bad now, wait and see how things would be if they were ever elected! I have a lot of faith in our residents and feel they can see that the existing board is for the better of Masonville. Hope all get out and vote for current council members.
October 04, 2012 11:22:38 Just me   I was appalled last night at the obnoxiousness of one that is running for a seat on Masonville Town Board. She should be ashamed of herself for treating the Board and a Guest speaker as she did. Maybe downstate where she and her attitude came from she can treat people like that..but not in my town! She will not have my vote. Kudos to Mr Jackson!!!
October 04, 2012 08:30:26 resident   The Town Board already appointed Mike Ellis he will do a great Job.
October 04, 2012 08:19:40 MV Resident   Lee for dog catcher!!!!!
October 03, 2012 22:11:30 attended meeting   Very informative meeting at town hall, should help clear a lot of questions. Hopefully one person running for seat on council changes the way she presents questions or no one should vote for her. (Very rude and disrespectful of the person doing his presentation and she made our town look bad)Her actions show she really does not care for Masonville.
October 03, 2012 15:42:46 resident of masonville   The board meeting tonight is to be about gas drilling and should help clear up a lot of unknowns. 7.30 Wed.
October 03, 2012 14:53:10 City Folks   I am for Mr. Lee of Shears rd. to be the new dog catcher in MV ... !!!!!!!!!!!
October 03, 2012 14:50:49 TX-1   Hey,I propuse Mr.Lee for dog catcher in Town.
October 03, 2012 12:10:10 confussed   closing down the countryside care center in delhi. Not one word from any town board or the board of supervisors. The county and towns just threw our elderly and diabled to the curb. watch out people another tax increase to make up for the work our supervisors were not qualtified to handle. the answer to this problem now will be tax tax tax the working man.
October 03, 2012 11:46:09 another voter   All should attend the town board meeting tonight. It is said to be very informative and good for all to be there.
October 02, 2012 14:36:54 Jeri Brayman, town council member   Masonville residents-- Since Mr. Tiska resigned as dog control officer, we are in need of someone to take on this job. If there is anyone interested please contact one of the town council members or Mr. Spacaforno. This will be discussed at Wed. meeting on 10/3/12.
September 29, 2012 16:12:47 resident   Hopefully all will get out and vote their choice for the School budget, I did hear that the State had to step in and do some work on our education at our school because our rating was so low. Maybe instead of a new field we could use some new teachers and a few aids that really care about education.
September 29, 2012 11:55:35 Observer   If American school systems put half the effort into educating our children as they do into sports; American schools would not be somewhere down the list of education.
September 29, 2012 01:24:10 what?   Question, to those that might know from one that doesn't? We used to practice and play on the Keith Clark park field, when I was in school in the 90s, what happened to that? Is that field all the sudden unplayable also?
September 29, 2012 01:18:02 what?   Congratulations to the Sidney Warriors on their win for Homecoming, defeating Greene tonight 21-8. They done darn good on their "unplayable" field after a whole day of rain! Do we really need to dump a few $million$ on artificial turf? Is the SCSD playing 'US'. The vote on the SCSD $7.7 million capital project is Oct 30. Remember, even though 'they say' the money isn't all coming from 'US' we are all Americans, and tax payers, we are all 'US' whether on a local, state or federal budget. Does it NEED to be spent, you vote, you make the decision. Oct 30 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the high school lobby.
September 28, 2012 21:04:00 what?   Just drove through Sidney, the football field is lit right up! The 'unusable' football field just went through a whole day of rain, but apparently it was good to go for the Sidney Homecoming game! The vote on the SCSD $7.7 million capital project is Oct 30. Good luck to the boys anyway, hope they kick Greene's but t. I've heard they have been playing really good, guess they don't need the $multi-million$ artificial turf.
September 28, 2012 11:15:47 another voter   The current board is doing a good all around job and does not just worry about one thing, drilling, this can become very annoying and it shows that the new want to be board members would do less of an all around job. They seem to have one issue and only one issue, that does not work in small towns.
September 27, 2012 21:02:30 bertimouse   Or 3.get new local govt leaders that can deal with what budget we have. Good luck with that with all the prices going up everywhere. Good news is the SCSD taxes went down by 2.2 percent. Dont believe that report here even if it is in writing. Theres always a way to make yourself look good on paper. Wall Street taught all the Crooks Everywhere how to do that and the SCSD is one.
September 27, 2012 18:58:38 bertimouse   Didnt say Govt "handouts", said big Govt Help - big difference. Some help you have to pay back. If the TOM cant maintain the roads properly with their current budget then they need to either 1.raise taxes or 2.get help from outside Grants from the Govt like they have always done in the past. Thought folks already knew about this fact. Not part of that 1st movement here. Pro-driller but Anti-Fracker and just a concerned citizen for the health & safety of all of us. Dont have any opinion on Zoning except that that issue shouldnt be the only one to consider regarding the coming gas pipeline installations. A little more politeness regarding replies would be appreciated here from my neighbors please:OK, Whatever?
September 27, 2012 14:19:05 Observer   Yet Another Voter - I am not going to dismiss the Masonville 1st group out of hand. I do think they are going about the thing the wrong way and are unrealistic in thier expectations. I do not know Mr. Beard but perhaps one day we will meet and have a nice friendly discussion about the entire matter.
September 27, 2012 14:03:58 Observer   I went to do all the paper work to run for office and I was told there was no office of Grand High Exahlted Emperor in Masonville!!!!
September 27, 2012 14:02:10 yet another voter.   The people of Masonville don't keep their "head in the sand"; if they did the town wouldn't have lasted as long as it has. Voters will not be swayed by scare tactics that Masonville 1st group. This group needs to stop telling older people things to scare them.
September 27, 2012 12:32:43 another voter   Maybe if all of the candidates running for office were interested enough to attend most board meetings and show an interest in something other than gas drilling it would show they really do care about our town not, just themselves!And their own concerns.
September 27, 2012 11:18:55 Robert Beards   Observer, you say "but the problem being no one on the Town Board at this time has put forth any intent to update, change or nullify the Comprehensive Plan now in place in Masonville. Are you not putting the cart before the horse? When the Town Board, either of its own volition or through public pressure votes to change the Comprehensive Plan that is the time to talk moratorium." Masonville 1st is the voice for all residents who understand that our Comprehensive Plan was written by a representative of the gas industry, that it purposely draws false conclusions from our survey results, and that it lays Masonville wide open to virtually anything the gas industry wishes to do here. Those who vote for Masonville 1st candidates want a Town Board that is willing and eager to correct this asap, and do not want to leave it to Albany to make every important decision regarding Masonville's future. Remember, in his last statement to the Board, former Board member George Denys clearly stated he saw the need to revise our Comprehensive Plan. The idea of revising or updating it is no surprise, it has been a subject that comes up quite a bit. The current Board steadfastly refuses to act. This inaction may cost Masonville dearly down the road. If you love our town and see that we cannot continue to "keep our heads in the sand", if you see what is on the horizon you will see there is a need to act now to be best prepared. By the way, anyone mentioning zoning again will be ignored from here on, as I've made clear numerous times it is not required! We don't call for it!
September 27, 2012 10:12:35 ###   In the past, Mr. Dumond went house to house when he was running against Mr. Thomas. As a landowner and taxpayer I will vote for the people who support not having zoning. It does appear that "down staters" move here to get away from zoning but then want it after they have been here a little while or when things don't go their way of thinking.
September 27, 2012 10:10:16 what?   Whatever?, what? is the state, and the Counties excuse for their roads? The State and County actually have the equipment necessary to perform road repairs. I haven't really noticed any town roads that are unusable, small potholes help slow down the speed demons. There isn't a road in Masonville that we need to drive 70.
September 27, 2012 10:08:05 Observer   Mr Beard you state in your last post:" It clearly states that the intent to update the Comprehensive Plan is adequate reason to put a moratorium in place." (refering to the document you mention in your post.) Yes it does, but the problem being no one on the Town Board at this time has put forth any intent to update, change or nullify the Comprehensive Plan now in place in Masonville. Are you not putting the cart before the horse? When the Town Board, either of its own volition or through public pressure votes to change the Comprehensive Plan that is the time to talk moratorium. Not permanent zoning but a moratorium on specific acts for a stated length of time. It would sound to this poor ignorant soul that you and your group want to institute zoning haphazardly in ways to suit your own interests rather than knowing exactly what the State of New York is going to allow in this "fracking" situation.
September 27, 2012 08:50:21 That person   AS I recall one person got very angry at one of the comprhensive plan meetings and called Tom Shepstone a shill for the gas industry. Then the person walked out.
September 27, 2012 07:50:53 Whatever?   bertimouse you have no clue. Now pay attention we pay to have our roads in safe and good condition. Berti if a private contractor took your money for a service that they do not perform they would be locked up and convicted in the press. But if a town takes your money for a service and does not perform the service all they say is we are saving money but still no service. Now remember berti they will take your property if you do not pay them for a non service just look around that is what is happening do to lack of leadership.
September 27, 2012 00:19:22 what?   Hey berti, "Government handouts" WE PAID for them, there is a difference. The Government supplies nothing! that WE didn't already pay for.
September 27, 2012 00:05:37 what?   WOW! I'm still a pro-driller,anti-fracker, I think we should keep the chemicals OUT of the water. A moratorium? We basically have been under one, quite a lot of time has passed since the first thought of 'fracking'. It has given us all time to think. How many YEARS do we need? Zoning will affect all our TRADITIONAL Masonville industries, such as logging and bluestone quarrying, Zoning will NOT be beneficial to Masonville as far as making a living on what we have to offer goes. $BILLIONS$ have been made in other states, states that are the ONLY ones adding jobs in Obama's economy. If it wasn't for the states and towns that are taking advantage of what this country has to offer in natural resources, Obama's $TRILLION$ dollar 'recovery' would be on the triple negative instead of his double negative jobs created(record deficit, record debt, record unemployment, record job losses (he keeps saying his Presidency is "Historic"). While I am still on the NO Frack side of this, lets take Liberal Democrat former Speaker of the House of Representatives advice when she (Polosi) said about the Unconstitutional FORCED upon you 'Obamacare' "We should pass it to see what is in it" (she didn't want to read the 2,700 pages of the forced upon Unconstitutional (unless you call it a TAX) Bill). Lets see what drilling can bring NY, we can always stop it if it isn't good, just like we are going to stop Obamacare from ruining this country come November.
September 26, 2012 23:44:30 Robert Beards   "But I do believe you are incorrect when you state that zoning is not necessary to pass a moratorium on drilling in the Town of Masonville. If it is not zoned then what would the moratorium be declared on?" Please, please read the Land_Use_Moratoria.pdf document. This is one of a series of state issued guides for municipalities. It really explains Land Use Moratoria quite well. It clearly states that the intent to update the Comprehensive Plan is adequate reason to put a moratorium in place. Though townspeople did give input to the making of the survey and the Comprehensive Plan, in fact it was crafted by Tom Shepstone. Tom is not a Masonville resident and is instead a gas industry "hired gun." The survey did not mention gas exploration and extraction at all, the residents overwhelmingly favored "the rural atmosphere" and "lack of development", and yet Shepstone twisted his survey result interpretation in his Comprehensive Plan to lay Masonville out for easy pickin's when his bosses arrive. We need to address this asap!
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