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November 18, 2011 23:40:14 bertimouse   Bear with FOUR(4)Cubs run across our road last week! Very cool & the DEC Folk told us we should have recorded it 'cause that is RARE in these parts. :)
November 18, 2011 00:22:39 what?   Ed Bliss; There is alot of stuff to search through, but give a try. Also gives you local (here) names in history that start with the letter b (what ever name you want to research add the letter after query ). Alot of old history there.
November 17, 2011 21:33:59 Mormon Hollow Farm   A BIG "THANK YOU " to the voters of Masonville that supported me - Let's move forward together! Jeri Brayman
November 17, 2011 13:26:12 Ed Bliss I am seeking information about my great great grandparents Boyd who drowned about 1880 in the river at Downsville. His name was possibly Reuben.Other ancestors' names from the Masonville area are Stoddard, Dibble, Van Buskirk and Lyon. Thank you forany clues that someone may have. Ed Bliss, Crawford, Colorado
November 15, 2011 12:34:48 Part - Timer   IMG!!!Saw this bear this morning,I was on the dirt rd going towars the end of this rd,from rt8 up Shears to jct ,go left,about 2 miles in. this bear was not your everday bear,this think looked like a Mack truck on crack,for real!it was mad at something,I just made a u-turn and headed to the state park and took a break in one of the portable toilets they have there.WOW am not going back in there.havent been up here in a while,this place is wilder than before.going back to the Island.
November 14, 2011 11:56:29 JR   Seen Bunch of Turkeys. glazing thru the State Lands on shears rd. They are waiting for the World Famous NorthEast Reaper to harvest them.
November 14, 2011 10:11:55 TX-1   Saw a bunch of hunters this weekend,everybody looking for their spots for Saturday opening.good luck to all!! was passing by the jct on Shears and saw this big bear dump right in the middle of rd,it looked like a cows dump.
November 14, 2011 07:22:52 new reader   sorry--I forget that not all of us are able to attend the meetings and the minutes being posted are a great help. Glad the voting is over and the town has settled down to all being friends again.
November 13, 2011 23:19:25 what?   Mayor Michael Bloomberg criticized the Occupy Wall Street protesters in October for negatively impacting local businesses and said they are "trying to destroy jobs." Marc Epstein, owner of the Milk Street Cafe at 40 Wall St., said he had no choice but to let nearly a quarter of his staff go last Friday after he saw his sales drop by 30 percent in the six weeks since the protests started. Many businesses near these protests have been negatively affected.
November 13, 2011 23:17:19 what?   Dear Berimouse; I got my info from the liberal media,CBS,NBC,and ABC. Drugs, death ra pe and injuries plague the Occupy protesters.These 'kids' are not principled advocates of fiscal responsibility. They are professional freeloaders. The cost to already struggling municipalities, which must protect and clean up after the protesters, is soaring. As of Oct 27, 2011 in ONE MONTH New York City, overtime costs are $3.4 million. In Minneapolis, the sheriff’s department reports spending $200,000, $100,000 a week.And in Boston, the tally is $2 million and counting.“We know for a fact we’ve crossed the $300,000 threshold in terms of money spent so far for this operation,” said Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed.In San Francisco, the bill is more than $100,000.
November 13, 2011 22:04:41 long time reader   Not all of us can make the meetings. Job requirements and family obligations are more important to us. The minutes are a nice benefit of this site,and the official site. If we have a major complaint or problem with the goings on of our local govt. we agree, a visit to a town meeting will give us better info and input than the town gossip.
November 13, 2011 21:45:07 new reader   more people really need to make it to the board meetings so they can get all of the facts first hand and not wait for the minutes to be posted.
November 13, 2011 19:16:15 wondering   How far did TOM exceed the 2% tax CAP? I see no minutes posted as of yet.
November 13, 2011 19:13:38 bertimouse   masonville resident: How about hunting season next week? :)
November 13, 2011 19:11:14 bertimouse   Dear What: "these protests have cost taxpayers MULTI MILLIONS across the country to date." -How So? WHY are you so ticked off about Young Folks Demonstrating Their Points? It is a Free Country allowing Free Speech in Free Spaces, Aint it? You demonstrate here, Allot. Let them Stay & Speak as Long As They Are Able. No one is spreading any Dis-ease in Occupy NY except for folks posting frightened comments such as yours Neighbor. Relax. All Will Be Well.
November 13, 2011 17:18:36 masonville resident   election results are in and the budget is settled, now what is there to write about?
November 11, 2011 22:53:11 what?   'Occupy Wall Street' protesters are defecating in the streets creating unsanitary and filthy conditions.Disrupting traffic,and pedestrian travel and scaring civilians with their unruly mob.Occupy protests becoming health hazard as conditions become breeding grounds for infectious disease Protesters living in makeshift campsites across the country are putting themselves at risk for deadly diseases like drug-resistant tuberculosis.Public health officials are concerned that the living conditions inside the make-shift tent cities are a breeding ground for disease. According to CBS Atlanta, the protesters there have been exposed to a drug-resistant form of tuberculosis. Meanwhile NBC, is reporting that norovirus is starting to spread around Zuccottti Park and people living there call it "Zuccoti lung." Health officials blame the unsanitary conditions for the spread of the disease and warn it could get worse as the weather gets colder. NBC describes just how bad these conditions are: "Damp laundry and cardboard signs, left in the rain, have provided fertile ground for mold," the Times describes the conditions at Zuccotti Park. "Some protesters urinate in bottles, or occasionally a water-cooler jug, to avoid the lines at public restrooms. Food, from orange peels to scrambled eggs, is often discarded outside tents." These conditions can be a breeding ground for disease and could easily spread across the confined campsites. The parasites are getting parasites. A lice outbreak was announced at the Occupy Portland squatters camp this weekend. Head AND Body lice. It’s a safe house from the sex fiends. Zuccotti Park has become so overrun by sexual predators attacking women in the night that organizers felt compelled to set up a female-only sleeping tent yesterday to keep the sickos away. The safety measure comes amid a terrifying spree of sexual assaults -- including an alleged *CENSORED* -- in the Zuccotti Park squatters camp.These protests have cost taxpayers MULTI MILLIONS across the country to date.
November 11, 2011 20:08:57 bertimouse   Just a comment about a comment here: "objectivism is not at the fore of philosophy these days..." This Is Not A True Statement Today. Young Folks Everywhere NOW are currently occupying cities Everywhere Because of their Objectivism at the fore of philosophy. It would be nice if ya'll would notice that our Children are trying to make a difference for the next 50-100 years, eh? Thanks. :)
November 11, 2011 19:15:02 Observer   "It was a woman who drove me to drink. I never had the courtesy to thank her." W.C. Fields "Some scoundrel stole the cork out of my lunch." W.C Fields
November 10, 2011 23:14:15 what?   "Always carry a flagon of whiskey in case of snakebite and furthermore always carry a small snake." W. C. Fields
November 10, 2011 23:09:27 what?   \"A rich man is nothing but a poor man with money.\" W. C. Fields
November 10, 2011 17:35:20 Observer   My Dear "John Galt" I am flattered that you responded to my "corny" statements referring to "Atlas Shrugged". As to my short explanation of your non-de-plume; it was merely an explaination to those who did not seem to be familiar with "John Galt" and I wanted to be sure you received your due credit and attention. I am sure that Ms. Alisa Zinov'yevna Rosebaum (Connor) would be duly impressed with your taking the name of "John Galt" as your personna. While the philosophy of "Objecttivism" is not at the fore of philosophy these days it seems to have had a rebirth in the Tea Party Movement. For me it is a way too depressing view of life. At my age I tend to lean more to the W.C. Fields philosophy of life. Perhaps I would be more at home in "Dogpatch" than in "Galts Gulch". Looking forward to more interaction with Mr. John Galt.
November 10, 2011 14:53:20 what?   John Gault; Tired to the policies of redistribution of wealth? Want to oppose the spread of socialism? From SUPERVISORS REPORT October 5, 2011: "Craig said that he is trying to get the Board of supervisors to take a stand against unfounded mandates. Craig said we should get other counties to join us in standing up and telling the State we are not going to fund unfounded entitlement programs anymore. Craig would also like to see background checks, proof or citizenship and urine screenings for all individuals receiving public assistance." THANKS Craig!
November 10, 2011 13:17:26 John Galt   Wow. What an insightful and thorough synopsis of Ayn Rand, Objectivism and John Galt. Were you trying to give the readers context on my nom de plume, or just give a self-serving explanation so everyone would laugh at your corny references to Atlas Shrugged? Why don\'t you just board the Taggart Transcontinental and keep going until you pass Wyatt\'s Torch.
November 10, 2011 12:24:02 Observer   Folks- "John Galt" is a fictional character in Ayn Rand's novel "Atlas Shrugged". The book starts out with the words, "Who is John Galt?" The Character is a person who rebels against the wrongs he sees in the political and business world. I would assume that the writer on this board was making a play on that character when he signed his note with the name "John Galt." To say one has gone "John Galt" is say the person is rebeling agaist something in society. The novel "Atlas Shrugged" is required reading in a lot of universities and as far as this person is concerned it is a rather depressing view of the world. But then again Ayn Rand was rather depressing as well. Ayn Rand viewed the character "John Galt" as the ideal person. She viewed herself as a philosopher and advocated what she called "Objectivism" as a philosopher. While she wrote several things she is best known for the novels "The Fountainhead" and "Atlas Shrugged". While her brand of philosophy has largly been dismissed by most scholars it still has a following and has some influence on conservetive and libertarian philosophy.
November 10, 2011 11:10:48 masonville resident   The new town hall is so beautiful and will be a huge asset to our town. Knowing we have done this with the knowledge of Mr. Spacaforno and the members of the highway crew makes it even nicer. Election day was like a mini open house.
November 10, 2011 08:32:27 TX-1   It is going to be TOO HOT on opening day,upper 50. will be hunting in shorts and T shirt.blazed orange.
November 10, 2011 06:33:14 FYI Library NOW Open   AIR QUALITY TESTS-PASS Now Open! Masonville New Branch Hours MONDAY & WEDNESDAY: 3:30 pm to 7:00 pm TUESDAY, THURSDAY & SATURDAY: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm CLOSED FRIDAY & SUNDAY
November 09, 2011 22:35:13 bertimouse   Dear voter2: Our comment about Spitting On Your Neighbors was directed to Just Saying, which was an older post. It was not directed towards John Galt. J.G. comments didn't bother us at all. On-line Disrespect To Your Neighbors Should Not Be Tolerated Here. Thanks for your support. :)
November 09, 2011 21:45:43 voter2   I wholeheartedly agree with you what you say Galt, you never know who your neighbors are. By being bigoted and disrespectful is showing just how ignorant you are.
November 09, 2011 21:32:45 bertimouse   Dear John Gault: Check out for the TOM History, because NYU, liberal, city folk, carpetbaggers coming up here & trying to run our town has been going on since 1811. This is America remember? :)
November 09, 2011 21:09:54 bertimouse   Dear Just Saying: Your comment to us was Rude, Very Hurtful & had No Point. Y'all need to Get A Better Life than us for sure. Our Point? Do Not Spit On Your Neighbors! Nuff Said. Glad the Voting went well in our New Town Hall! -The Place looks Great! Kudos to All the Folks building it...we are So Proud! :)
November 09, 2011 20:56:53 Observer   I understand there is going to be a strike to rename Masonville to "Galt's Gulch" ?
November 09, 2011 20:35:17 Observer   Yeh John moved here because the Twentieth Century Motor Company is opening a production plant here.
November 09, 2011 17:50:56 what?   John Gault, you live in Masonville! Welcome to the TOM!
November 09, 2011 17:23:55 John Galt   A Republican clean sweep. As it should be. We don't need those NYU, liberal, city folk, carpetbaggers coming up here and trying to run our town.
November 09, 2011 16:39:13 JOKER   Same people all the time.
November 09, 2011 14:43:41 what?   Council was for two; Looks like Jeri Brayman (R) and Michael Spaccaforno (R)
November 09, 2011 14:40:18 what?   Masonville SUPERVISOR Craig Dumond (R) 158 COUNCIL *Jeri Brayman (R) 94* *Michael Spaccaforno (R) 95* Denis Burpoe 82 Steven Davis 39 Marie Sroka 93 CLERK/ COLLECTOR Pamela Walker (R) 138 HIGHWAY SUPERINTENDENT Charlie Smith II (R) 177
November 09, 2011 12:05:30 masonville resident and voter.   Why hasn't the town clerk posted the voting results from yesterday?
November 09, 2011 12:01:50 voter   town board meeting tonight at 7:30 at the church, also budget meeting.
November 09, 2011 09:49:18 taxpayer   it is very important for all who are tax payers in town to attend the town meeting tonite . the town board will have a hearing to raise the tax levey above 2% . everyone should ask questions if the do not understand why this is necessary.this may be just the beginning please attend ,be smart.
November 09, 2011 08:57:33 JOKER   HEY!!! did anyone voted to have Shears paved? LOL LOL LOL.
November 09, 2011 07:59:26 voter   How did the votes turn out yesterday?
November 08, 2011 19:54:27 what?   Can't complain if you don't vote!
November 08, 2011 19:52:28 what?   @ Makes you think!; Your a little off in your info. You have posted current working pay for govt. , not retired. Though I agree, govt. makes too much money off the taxpayer.,,,, "When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic." -- Benjamin Franklin
November 08, 2011 19:40:05 Grumpy Ernst Keidel The new Masonville Town Hall is looking good! Went there tonight to vote. If you didn't, shame on you!
November 08, 2011 10:54:13 Makes you think!   Wages Salary of retired US Presidents ..............$450,000 FOR LIFE Salary of House/Senate members ............$174,000 FOR LIFE Salary of Speaker of the House .............$223,500 FOR LIFE Salary of Majority/Minority Leaders .....$193,400 FOR LIFE Average salary of a soldier DEPLOYED IN AFGHANISTAN - $38 ,000 Average income for seniors on SOCIAL SECURITY - $12,000 I think we found where the cuts should be made!
November 08, 2011 10:53:41 Masonville General Store Hey ya'll, voting till 9pm at the (new) Masonville town hall
November 08, 2011 09:45:40 TX   Any way,thats their problem ,I was just putting my 2 cents on it.
November 07, 2011 18:54:50 voter   Masonville is a small rural town and most towns this size have many dirt roads, so we are not the only ones. As posted earlier. the important thing is the fire dept., EMS (highly trained residents) and others who will help their friends out because we are a small rural town. So love it or leave it.
November 07, 2011 18:12:34 what   When their house is on fire TOM will be there. When there is a accident or need for a ambulance TOM will be there. If you slip and fall at the store in Masonville, the TOM EMS will be there. I'm sure there is many other services TOM is responsible for. I'm sure you don't fly from Shears road to wherever. Do you not drive on some paved roads in Masonville? They are not all dirt. THINK before you say the taxes you pay are giving you no services in the TOM! Shears road isn't the only dirt road in Masonville!
November 07, 2011 18:02:49 Observer   While I am sure the taxpayers on the mentioned roads may be frustrated one must remember that they were aware of the situation when acquiring the property. No one held a gun to their head and made them settle there. And no it is not taxation without representation. They are represented by whomever they elected to the town board. Plus taxes paid into the tax base are not pointed to any one general area. They are used for the good of the public in general. If the persons owning on these undeveloped roads never traveled any maintained roads in Masonville; if they never availed themselves of any services provided by the general tax in the town then they might have a cause. As I stated in an earlier post on this forum, "if these people want all the services they got where they came from then the best idea is to move back there." Undoubtedly they selected the area they selected because of the low cost of the land and the low taxes. If they get all they are crying for both the land and the taxes will no longer be low. These are the same people who, if they lived on a maintained state highway would cry that they state is plowing their driveways shut and knocking down their mailbox. As they told the man who loved Edith but was married to Kate, "You can't have your Kate and Edith too."
November 07, 2011 17:41:38 TX   Thats what our forefathers called,taxation without representation. They pay taxes,but get nothing in return,then why pay taxes,if the town is not doing anything for them?because they happen to live on a dirt road.
November 07, 2011 15:42:25 FYI TriTownNews Legal Notice 102711   NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Town of Sidney, New York NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a public hearing will be held before the Town Board for the Town of Sidney at the Sidney Civic Center on the 10th day of November, 2011, at 7 p.m., regarding the adoption of a Local Law to Override the Tax Levy Limit established in General Municipal Law §3-c. This law is being proposed to comply with subdivision 5 of the General Municipal Law §3-c which expressly authorizes the Town Board to override the tax levy limit by the adoption of a local law approved by vote of at least sixty percent (60%) of the Town Board. At such time and place all persons interested in the subject matter thereof will be heard concerning the same... The proposed Local Law to Override the Tax Levy Limit Established in General Municipal Law §3-c establishes the Sidney Town Board’s intent to override the limit on the amount of real property taxes that may be levied by the Town of Sidney. Dated: October 24, 2011 By Order of The Town Board Town of Sidney
November 07, 2011 14:52:09 what?   The town does NOT plow Cole road in Masonville, the residents were told they would have to bring it up to code themselves. The road is in a lot better shape than Shear road, and has nice high tax houses and land on it. The residents on Cole road chose NOT to improve the road, and have kept the road private. They plow their road THEMSELVES, (their choice). And they PAY taxes too!
November 07, 2011 11:46:59 TX-1   Forgot to mention,nice job someone did to the tree that had fallen by Ponderosa on Shears,it was dangerous.
November 07, 2011 08:34:56 Ex-downstater   If the folks on Shears Rd want it plowed, they should pay to bring it up to code. My road was a dirt road too and we all paid to bring it up to code. After that, the town plowed it. It is not right to make exceptions!
November 07, 2011 08:02:44 resident   These seem like very good questions, why not attend the board meeting this Wednesday at 7:30 and you can get some answers from Craig (supervisor) and then you can go from there.
November 07, 2011 07:49:01 Long timer   IF they pay taxes like everyone else,why not have their road plowed,if you think they are paying to have everyones rd plowed,but their own.dont think it is right.
November 06, 2011 22:03:14 crzyflea   Not so very long ago a long term, full time, current resident was informed that his road couldn't be paved, and isn't past the signs saying not maintained between oct and april. Why should a potential resident get more consideration than a current one? Shear Rd would need a drastic amount of work before it would be as ready for paving as that man's road.
November 06, 2011 18:02:52 what?   The road must be brought up to code by the property owners. Then I believe it would be plowed if the owners so wish. My in laws have a half mile long driveway with three homes on it. If they bring it to town code the town will plow that also. I believe they would be thought of as VERY selfish if they wanted the whole town to pay for their driveway to be paved. NY state is broke and the town of Masonville is probably not far behind. Our town Supervisor Craig DuMond wrote; " The rates are up THIRTY THOUSAND dollars, three times over the two percent cap. This does not include to regular expenses going up; electricity, fuel, diesel, materials, etc. The Board is working hard,,the STATE is killing us very slowly,, we have the smallest budget in Delaware County it does not take much (percent change) to throw our budget out of whack.,,..
November 06, 2011 15:48:55 C!   I am another Property Owner on Shears Rd. and I Live in NJ. But Planning to move up at my cottage when I retired. We ( Property Owners of Shears Rd.) shall make the town plow the road atleast to the state land border. We will be paying a bit more taxes but, whats a lil more money for comfort . I think we all shall go to the city hall and fight for a paved and plowed shear\'s road. I am for it. and I know my neighbors on shears rd are for it. ! LETS DO IT.
November 06, 2011 09:58:43 We need a solution!   There are ways to drill for natural gas without the use of chemicals. There is a company out of Canada called GasFrac that uses liquid propane instead of chemicals which eliminates the use of water, storage or ponds. The propane is recaptured after use and never goes into the environment.
November 06, 2011 08:26:58 what?   Thank you Jeri! I've always been for drill here drill now. But natural gas 'fracking' (pumping tremendous amounts of water under high pressure laden with carcinogous CHEMICALS) doesn't sound like a good idea. It is nice to know that a land owner cares about their land, and the future owner, and their innocent neighbors who would be affected by a gas lease.
November 06, 2011 07:30:24 Mormon Hollow Farm   Mormon Hollow Farm has turned down the opportunity for a gas lease in respect for our water and land. Can't believe anyone else would not feel the same,to protect what they own and where they live. Jeri Brayman VOTE your choice Nov.8.
November 05, 2011 19:10:49 just saying   Bertimouse: Are you as ignorant as you sound or are you just a clown. Get another life. This one is not working for you.
November 04, 2011 12:26:01 TX-1   It had one of those collards on it
November 04, 2011 12:24:22 TX-1   Hey!just saw a BIG! bear by the crossroad on Shears that thing was big,it just stop looked at me and kept was i scared.
November 03, 2011 22:14:34 bertimouse   When We Vote next Tuesday, We Wanna Know & will be searching online about how Morman Hollow Farm & others who wanna be Elected Once Here & Again:(i.e. How they have voted in the past & their Current comments about such things as?)Allowing Gas Fracking in Our Town. Nuff said. Our Water and Land Are Precious, Ya'll. Another Question here: Why has Denise Burpoe only posted Once here if he wants to run so much? Having other commitments Is No Excuse. We've all been there & done that. If Ya'll wanna run & Serve the TOM ya'll better be up for it. All We Are Saying Is Give Peace A Chance. Oops sorry All We Are Saying Is No Freaking Fracking In The TOM! We Are Friends Of Pure Drinking Water Forever! :)
November 03, 2011 20:52:20 Gloria   Can anyone tell me what these two new laws are? #1- Public Nuisance #2- Appointed Officer Residency Law Are they still pending?
November 03, 2011 19:05:57 Masonville Resident   future full timer---please find the time to attend one of our board meetings and ask some questions, maybe it will help you to understand the cost, time and manpower it takes to do what gets done and why some things do not get done. Next meeting-- Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m. hope to see a new face there.
November 03, 2011 18:03:48 what?   Do you fly from Shears road to the other side of Masonville? You never travel any paved roads in Masonville?
November 03, 2011 17:21:38 not future full timer   Why should we,we already paid to have them plow everyone elses rd and we dont get anything in return,not even a simple plowing,i think i will sell,this town still in the 30s,they dont want progress,oh well!!
November 03, 2011 16:03:55 Jolene Scott   Hello the residents in the town of Masonville, My name is Jolene Scott and I am running as a write in vote for the position of Town Clerk in the upcoming election on November 8, 2011. Hope everyone got my flyers in the mail and have had a chance to read them. With that said if you feel it is time for a change please go out and vote for me on November 8, 2011.
November 03, 2011 09:57:10 Masonville resident   Future full timer - you need to do what was done on Houck Rd. Bring it up to code and pay to have it paved.
November 02, 2011 16:46:31 what?   repost part of my post; It is my understanding that if residents bring their road or long driveway with multiple people living on it to town code the town will take over plowing them (but not pave them).The cost of the improvements bringing the road to town specs( width, ditches,etc., not sure of all the regulations bringing them to code) must be done and paid for by those who live on the road. Some towns will not issue a variance to build with no road frontage. Some towns will not let you build a house with no road frontage they will not take over the road. Fortunately Masonville will let us build where we want to.
November 02, 2011 16:12:46 long time resident   Correction to my post, instead of 20 years ago, make that 35-40 years ago. Time passes very fast and after some thought I realize it has been longer ago.
November 02, 2011 16:04:08 future full timer   I got that property in 1998,for retirement am planning to build and move there,in about 3 years.
November 02, 2011 16:01:46 future fall timer   I dont live upthere,am in Long Island,but have property on Shears,which is not developed,am planning to move there in the future,but was asking about the maintenance on Shears,since my property is in the no plowing/maintanence part of it. I understandt all the points,but why stop at the bottom of the hill,why not paved up to the State Land.
November 02, 2011 15:51:27 long time resident   In order to have your questions answered about what roads are maintained in the winter and what ones are not and why this happens, please come to a board meeting and this can all be explained. Not that many years ago there were no town roads that were paved, this is a relatively new thing in many towns, including Masonville. If you lived on a town road, you lived on a dirt road and believe me the dirt roads now are like super highways compared to what they were 20 years ago. So yes we have made many improvements to our roads over the years, you just had to be here to appreciate all that has been done. And when you did move here, what was the road like when you thought it was beautiful?
November 02, 2011 15:38:51 resident,,taxpayer   bla bla!
November 02, 2011 15:02:12 what?   I found a new website where TAXPAYERS are posting about the govt. today and the OWS protesters. We are the 53%, or
November 02, 2011 14:49:07 resident,,taxpayer   If you take money out of politics you would have alot more sensible goverment, no *CENSORED*, just just hard work and and real honest effort. Nice thoght anyway!
November 02, 2011 14:35:27 what?   Our paved interstate highways are paved because of the amount of cars and heavy trucks traveling on them. Anytime I've been on shears road whether hunting or going to Oquaga, I can barely remember seeing another motor vehicle, and never tractor trailers.
November 02, 2011 14:29:20 what?   What? do you call progress, all roads paved, town water and sewer next? If you want to pay for it, move to a town that has these services. Maybe we can get the TOWN to vote on this progress, I bet it gets voted down.
November 02, 2011 13:08:16 not future full timer   PROGRESS!!!!
November 02, 2011 10:34:29 Grumpy \" your houses,you have a bill to pay,why not just candles,no bill to pay. why phone,running water,tv,cable tv,internet\" All those things are individual choices, paid for individually - by choice. Taxes are not paid by choice and are not something you may opt out of! I pay for my own electricity, satellite TV, internet, and I have my own well for which maintenance is paid by me. I don\'t expect anyone to pay this for me through their taxes.
November 02, 2011 08:16:34 future full timer,i hope   After reading all the messages,just have a question. why make rt 17 (86),to get from 1 place to the other,why not left it as it was 100 years ago,a dirt rd. my friends thats what is call,progress. why not make things better than before. OH! my taxes will go up,crybabies. if our fore father,were like you guys,we would still be leaving in caves.PROGRESS,GOING FOWARD,GETTING BETTER. how come all you have your houses,you have a bill to pay,why not just candles,no bill to pay. why phone,running water,tv,cable tv,internet.thats progress,same thing with Shears rd getting paved,PROGRESS.
November 01, 2011 22:33:29 bertimouse   Halloween Story Here For Ya'll: My Neighbor called tonight & was Very Mad about The Crazy Lady On The Corner That Reported Us All to the Town, he said. -Don't giver a reason & how do you know it was Her? We said. He couldn't answer that question; just got this here letter from his Landlord about his property having more than 2 unregistered vehicles. He asked us if we also got a letter from the Town. We said Nope 'cause we don't giver any Reason for any complaints, neighbor. Our Point Here Is: it may NOT be your Neighbor turning you in for violations: it may be just the Local Town Inspector doing his/her job. Give them a break will ya? They have A Lot To Inspect!
November 01, 2011 22:18:01 taxpayer   masonville has approx 50 miles of road both paved and unpaved
November 01, 2011 22:14:09 bertimouse   All Ya'll Gotta do is figure out: How To Make A Private Road Become A Public One, yes? WELL DUH. Our First Stop would be the County Offices in Delhi to seek info from them. Seek Out who owns the private lands with the road to begin with. 9 times out of 10 it's probably Foreclosed! In which case ya'll are still on your own. Ya'll should have done yur research before you bought. Observer is Right. Quit yur complaining.
November 01, 2011 21:54:43 Don't always get plowed   If you want your road that doesn't get plowed - plowed, buy a cheap 4WD pickup with a plow and plow it yourself. It would probably be cheaper than the cost of your taxes going up.
November 01, 2011 18:32:48 Observer   What? The road super could probably tell you exactly how many miles of unpaved road there is in the Town. It is part of the charm of the area as far as I am concerned. People move here for the "rural" charm and the beauty and the first thing they do is denude the mountain they bought to build a house on so they have a "view". Put in a mile long driveway and whine because the taxpayers will not pave and plow it. They want all the services they wanted to escape. They want cell phone usage but don't put up a tower in my view area. I want the rural road but please make it a 4 lane highway. I want to see the wild animals but Mr. Animal Control keep them out of my yard and garden. I like the small town atmosphere but where is the mall with Wal-Mart and the super market?
November 01, 2011 17:48:52 what?   There is more than one road in Masonville that is not paved that has more than six people living on them. Some driveways with multiple people living on them. Masonville hasn't paved any of these either. They don't even plow them, they turn around where the roads haven't been improved to town specs. It is my understanding that if residents bring there roads to town code the town will take over plowing them. But the cost of the improvements must be done by those who live on the road. As far as the taxpayer paying for all these roads in Masonville to be paved? How high do you want our taxes to go? There is probably hundreds of miles of unpaved roads in Masonville, how much would that cost us? You write ".they pay taxes like everyone else,but get no service on their road,thats discrimatory.",,,Do you not take advantage of driving on the paved roads in Masonville?
November 01, 2011 17:31:20 Observer   As to the seasonal residences on Shear Rd. Shear Rd is not maintained during the winter months, never has been and probably will not be in the near future. The residents who own the seasonal properties knew that when they established themselves in that area. Now they want the taxpayers to pay for maintaining the road for a few people. This my friend is why life time residents of upstate do not have anything good to say for down staters who come upstate and want all the services they had where they came from but; still want low taxes and fees. One cannot have their cake and eat it too. If it were my intent to have a year around residence Shear Rd would not be my first choice even if it were maintained the year around. I am sure if Masonville raises the tax rate to the same rate as Long Island and NYC and most of New Jersey they could put a 4 lane highway in for you on Shear Rd. As to those residents being taxpayers; that they are and they have some of the lowest tax rates in the state. I owned 300 acres of unimproved land in Broome County. On a road with no maintenance during the winter and no electricity. Taxes on the property were reasonable until several people moved in and petitioned to have electricity run along the road. Cost me $1593.00 in fees even though I did not hook up to the power. Then they wanted the road maintained. My taxes quadrupled. Needless to say I sold the whole d a m n thing to get out of the expense of what other wanted.
November 01, 2011 13:07:59 future full timer.i hope   Sorry for second post,my mistake
November 01, 2011 13:06:39 future full timer.i hope   What about paving and maintenance on Shears rd all the way to the top? there are property owners in that section,that in winter can not get to their propertys,if one of those property owners wants to leave there year round they cant,how are they going to get in and of their place.they pay taxes like everyone else,but get no service on their road,thats is a total of about 6 propertys getting this treatment from MV. now that you are running for a town possition ,see if some thing can be done about it.yes i have a piece of land upthere,but i wont improved it,cause i want to be a full time resident,but i cant get there full time.
November 01, 2011 13:06:08 future full timer.i hope   What about paving and maintenance on Shears rd all the way to the top? there are property owners in that section,that in winter can not get to their propertys,if one of those property owners wants to leave there year round they cant,how are they going to get in and of their place.they pay taxes like everyone else,but get no service on their road,thats is a total of about 6 propertys getting this treatment from MV. now that you are running for a town possition ,see if some thing can be done about it.yes i have a piece of land upthere,but i wont improved it,cause i want to be a full time resident,but i cant get there full time.
November 01, 2011 12:38:21 Denis Burpoe Masonville Voters My name is Denis Burpoe and I will be running for a town board position in Masonville, NY. Ive been a resident in the town of Masonville for 23 great years and not only enjoy the great views but also the wonderful people. I've had four Sons go thru the Masonvilee Elementary School and stood up with our community when they took our school away.I am employed by New York State and have overlooked work worth 300 million dollars of taxpayer money. Staying positive and always looking for a solutionhas helped in being succseeful. I will be a highly motivated board member who will bring integrity,passion and insight to our local government. I find that listening and being open minded to our communties concerns,values and needs are extremely important. I have a vested interest in the town of Masonville as it is my home and your vote, you can give me the chance to dedicate my time to our community.
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