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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 10:16:49 NYS THRUWAY   ALERT ! ! !!!!!!!!!!!!! NYS THRUWAY WANTS TO PUT A THRUWAY THRU SHEARS RD THEY WILL ADD SERVICE PLAZAS AND A EXPRESS EZ PASS LANES .
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 tklehr@yahoo.com 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, catskillcitizens.org/learnmore/mapgas_leases.jpg shows a map of Delaware county with leased areas. From August 2008, thedailystar.com/local/x112901775/List-of-gas-leases-in-Otsego-Delaware 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 dburpoe@yahoo.com 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 mil.now:Dont 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 dburpoe@yahoo.com 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 Dburpoe@yahoo.com 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 reponsible..you walk across the bridge at your own risk...as 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 dburpoe@yahoo.com 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 tklehr@yahoo.com 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".
October 15, 2012 16:17:30 Denis Burpoe dburpoe@yahoo.com 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 09:10:06 HOW ABOUT THIS   WE SHALL KNOCK DOWN THAT EYE SORE BARN ON RT 8 S/B and BUILT A GOLDEN CORRAL RESTAURANT. ????? YOU KNOW HOW MUCH TAXES MV AND DEL.COUNTY WOULD Get, ??? LETS Think about this. ???
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 dburpoe@yahoo.com 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.
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