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April 02, 2008 16:21:28 Critic   I am glad 206er chimed in... At least someone talks with a level head. Chester and Ranger: let me re-phrase things so maybe you understand better. There are a lot of dogs in Masonville. Many people do not have proper control of their dogs. Using the sidewalk is not trespassing; that rotty on 206 is dangerously close to the sidewalk when he gets to the end of his chain. There is garbage on the lawn of that apartment house on a regular basis. Real, actual garbage from garbage cans and garbage bags and other misc items. So maybe the yard gets away from them, rich or poor garbage is garbage my friends. The convenience store may not be owned by the town (and no one actually said it was) but it is very busy. For residents and passers-through, the parking lot is busy, it is dangerous, and the building is not in good condition inside or out!
April 02, 2008 15:36:29 RT206er   I agree with Chester and everyone else about the condition of the properties. $$ is the biggest hurdle for me. I look forward to town clean up days. I don't have a pick-up to haul stuff and a container is way out of my price range. I do what I can with my property. I try to keep my sidewalk clean and the lawn mowed and so on. The sidewalk gets hard to clean after the state plows the road onto my sidewalk and by the time I get home from work it is frozen. But, I do what I can. As far as dogs go- The Rot east of the light is a pain because it scares the *CENSORED* out of you. You wonder- is this the time the chain breaks?? It would be nice if the owner found another place to chain him on the property. It's a small town, people have dogs, hopefully everyone will do their part to keep them quiet and going on their own yard. If we have to many rules and regulations what will you be able to do on your property. Just have some pride in your residence and do what you can. What about the sewer smell at the end of Finerty Rd? That is gross. The quickway needs a facelift. Is their something the town can do to suggest that Mirabitos change it?? What happened to the new post office? The Church St bridge (had to ask)? Wilcox's old farm market? Masonic temple? How about a park in the field across from the School/Pine Hill, that would pretty welcome to our town???? I guess I'm done ranting.
April 02, 2008 14:36:23 Chester   Why shouldn't a Rotweiller charge you? Everyone else does. I just got a fuel delivery and BOY DO THEY charge you! <grin>
April 02, 2008 14:03:32 RangerDanger   And you also stated "And that rotweiller that charges you on 206 east of the light only to have his chain stop him RIGHT at the sidewalk.. that is not right!" Maybe you should stay off their property. I know what dog your talking about, and his chain doesn't reach the road or the "sidewalk".
April 02, 2008 14:00:45 RangerDanger   I bet my house could use some "tender loving care" but I currently do not have the funds to fix it. Would you like to do it for me so that your "hamlet" could be a perfect little town? Didn't think so.
April 02, 2008 13:22:25 Chester   Mr Keidel - I was NOT refering to any one property on Steam Mill Road or any other road or street in Masonville hamlet or town. I was just inferring that there are properties everywhere in the area that could use some tender loving care. I could not name even one piece of property on Steam Mill road that is not cared for but, I am sure there is at least one. There is everywhere in every town, city, hamlet and rural area. As to town meetings. I would love to attend but transportation at this moment is a problem for me.
April 02, 2008 13:14:14 "Grumpy" Ernst Keidel Grumpy@MasonvilleNY.com So, Chester, are we finally going to meet you? I'll be at the Town Council Meeting tonight, as I try to make every one of them. You said: "While there are certainly properties within the hamlet and without the hamlet, i.e. Steam Mill road" and I must bear a bit of responsibility there. Just before year's end, we bought a new home and Hawkins Homes just totally tore up our my lawn, tore off my front deck and just basically left our place in a shambles! Now that Spring is here, we should be able to rectify this situation.
April 02, 2008 12:40:55 Further comments by Chester   One of the writers on this message board comments on an apartment house in the hamlet. Well, my observation has been that while there are some nice well kept homes in the hamlet the majority of them are occoupied by people who are just ordinary everyday people stuggling to make a living for themselves and thier families. No one is attempting to make the pages of "Home Beautiful" or compete with a southern CA gated community. While there are certainly properties within the hamlet and without the hamlet, i.e. Steam Mill road, west 206, east 206, etc. etc., that could be better maintained, including my own. Many times old age and lack of resources prevent some from maintaining thier properties as they would like. Keep in mind that everyone has to live somewhere. If you want Taja Mahal west I guess you live in the wrong area.
April 02, 2008 11:42:34 Chester   Com'on folks! You talk like the hamlet of Masonville is the size of NYC or Chicago, not a small rural hamlet of about 150 people! You speak of the need for sidewalks. For what? Are you going to be willing to see your taxes go up to purchase right away for sidewalks and thier maintaince? How many residents of the hamlet of Masonville actually depend on the sidewalks to get around? Ugly convience store. The ugly convience store, if it is, is a private business. Get with the owner not the town. Besides, what do you want there? A Wal-Mart? People hang out in front of the store? So? Too many dogs. How many is too many dogs? Is there a limit on the number and size of dogs one can own in Masonville? Seems that speeding is a big issue in this town. From the town's point of view it is a great revenue source. In fact Masonville is listed on at least 3 places on the internet as a speed trap. In the resident's eyes it is a capital crime. It is a rural area. All the area around us has a 55 MPH speed limit. I do not think the majority of people passing through the hamlet are recklessly speeding. No, I am not a "downstater". I was born in Binghamton and lived not 12 miles from Masonville my entire life. I have lived in the immediate area for about 7 years and keep hearing "get rid of the apartment houses, get rid of the mobile homes." Well, I am sure the folks living in either one would be glad to move into a nice new house if you will buy it for them.
April 02, 2008 09:43:17 another critic   There are so many negative things going on in this town. The dogs are a huge problem; there are just SO many dogs in town and not enough responsible owners. As it is, three neighbor dogs choose to poop in our yard EVERY day. There are too many dogs off-leash, too many dogs barking as you walk by. And that rotweiller that charges you on 206 east of the light only to have his chain stop him RIGHT at the sidewalk.. that is not right! Absolutely not right. The sidewalks are another issue. We want more sidewalks BUT... who's going to take care of them? There are only a couple property owners that do anything to keep the sidewalks clear. That is unfair to those of us that actually use them! The apartment house on 206 west of the light is just a disgrace to the town. There is ALWAYS garbage on that yard, the yard isn't kept neat, the renters have loud vehicles and are loud themselves. This town is too small for all this to be happening. There are too many steps to take to make complaints and this is what prohibits me- and many others- from taking action I suppose. It is depressing. Add in the speeders, the ugly and dangerous convenience store/ post office (and the folks just hanging out in front) and we have a lot of problems for such a small family town.
April 01, 2008 20:35:51 RangerDanger   They can't put a sidewalk onto 206, they would either have to place it on people's property, or put it into the road especially since most of 206 is steep on one side of the road. (near the cemetery)
April 01, 2008 14:15:50 concerned citizen   I am going to work on a plan and the cost and the supervision for the children of our community. I beleive it is important. The four corners is another important concern and I hope that we can do something as a community. How about fund raisers? From what I heard Masonville use to have a carnival, a Masonville rodeo? It may have been before most of the young people were old enough to remember but some of us over 50 would. Maybe that would be a way to raise some funds for signs, the cost of the new community center and other things. Can the children use the playground-I don't really beleive the school board anymore.
April 01, 2008 00:24:42 RT206er   What about the empty lot across from the school? That could/would make a nice park. Picnic tables and a basket ball court could go there. I place for the town to have events and so on. In regards to a place for kids, it is a good idea. But, teenagers are not going to go there. I can't see them thinking that is a "cool" place to go. I would hate to see the town spend the money on something that is not used. I saw something about sidewalks in the town minutes. I would to see sidewalks on both sides of Rt.206 like the ones on Rt.8, flat easy to maintain. As far as the cell tower goes, why is ATT not interested in a cell tower here? I know I would drop my land line if we had service here. I want to agree about the traffic cameras. I think they would be great. My biggest concern are the idiots that can't stop at the 4 corners. You can't keep count of all the people that blow through the light. It's just a matter of time until something happens. And in closing, I'm sorry but I have to ask, why doesn't the bridge on Church St. get replaced?? It's the only street we have. Would be nice if you could use it.
March 28, 2008 15:19:17 Chester   LOL :) That was 10 cents worth. You owe us 6 cents. :)
March 28, 2008 14:31:56 Bertimouse   OOPS! Sorry about that! :)
March 28, 2008 14:05:06 anonymous   I guess they decided to take the 255 character maximum to the limit..
March 27, 2008 18:57:09 Bertimouse   I've got some comments here and just have to add my 4-cents worth: 1) Masonville IS the small town with a big heart. That should may be posted on our future "Welcome to Masonville" signs which the Town has been working on. 2) Please forgive me for saying this and I apologize beforehand if I offend anyone; but if you don't GO to the monthly Town Meetings for ONE HOUR or so a month, or don't read their monthly meeting reports online yet still complain about how you never know about what's going on in town and say that "no one is doing anything", etc, then you are not really informed or are working on becoming a part of the solution to change the things that YOU and YOUR FAMILY want in order to make it better to live, work and hang out here. The town supervisor always says that because we are such a small town he NEEDS and ENCOURAGES EVERYONE'S input on everything that matters to us here. 2) I think all animals should be restrained to wherever they should be. Occasionally animals DO get away from you and MOST pet and farm owners do all they can to prevent this. If owners have already been warned by the town, then they should have to prove within the next month or so that they have fixed the problem causing by the warning; whatever that may be. I just passed two sad looking dogs walking down route 8 towards Sidney yesterday. (One small, white and a bit shaggy little one and the other a medium sized, shaggy brown and black sheppard with sticks hanging out all over his coat.) I drove down towards Sidney and reported it to the shelter there. The Sidney shelter told me that all dogs from there go to the shelter in Deposit and to call the dog warden in Masonville. Unfortunately I had an appointment with dogs of my own in the car. I'm hoping that someone else was kind enough to stop and help those dogs and that they've been returned to their owners by now. They were both smart enough to walk on the side of the road but clearly looked lost. I have also seen stray HORSES roaming at night down my road. I am a good neighbor and I walked them home but what if I hadn't have been there or God forbid someone had been "tearing down the road" (as usual these days) and had hit them??? It's just not right. 3) A Place in Town for our children to Play and Hang Out at is a real important thing. This could have been a comment for the Master Plan Survey. Their committee still meets once a month. We ALL need to brainstorm about this on how to offer some solutions. The more ideas that can be offered to the town the more choices they can have to make. No ONE person ever will have an answer on this one I firmly believe. It's gonna take all of us to figure this one out! :) 4) I would like to see the Town website expanded to include other areas for what's going on - a branch for the Library; A "Kid site" for Masonville, the School District regarding Masonville; One for Each town committee and what's happening there too. Any other ideas???
March 27, 2008 10:50:48 Route 8 Home owner   I haven't seen the dogs on Ivanhoe Road, but I almost hit a pitbull on Route 8 South just past the 4- corners on several occassions. It just runs out in the road. When the dog(s) are harassing you, call the dog warden.
March 26, 2008 19:42:07 RangerDanger   In response to the resident discussing the Rottweiler and Doberman the owner lives on Ivanhoe Road, with the sheep and Llamas. His sheep have previously gotten out often and were seen wandering around the area, although I believe he has fixed his fence since he received numerous complaints from his neighbors. As far as I know, the dogs still get lose.
March 26, 2008 15:57:08 Chester   To "Concerned Resident" and "Shermthehunter". I have nothing against having a place for children to go. But, I think you will find that as a general rule this type of endeavor seldom turns out as expected for a variety of reasons and the number one reason being the lack of adult supervision in such places. Young people also reach an age where "hanging out" is the top choice; having an adult plan a supervise activities for them is not high on thier list of preferences. You mentioned young people riding quads and trucks on your property. I really doubt a place to go would be of much interest to the age group you are referring to it that case. Unless Masonville or Delaware county has a curfew of some sort the State Police, or anyone else for that matter, is way, way out of line telling young people to get off the streets if they are not doing anything except "hanging out." They are public streets and the young people have as much right to access to them as adults.
March 21, 2008 09:36:05 Chester   I note that our fair town of MASONVILLE has made it to the list of speed traps on several sites on the internet including the AAA.
March 19, 2008 09:02:14 Concerned Resident   I would love to see Masonville have a place for the kids to go. Hopefully, it will stop them from riding quads and trucks on my property all hours of the night and destroying it.
March 18, 2008 19:14:11 lorraine sherman shermthehunter@yahoo.com I am going to be at the next town meeting since I was told today that my opinion would be heard and I wouldn't be told to sit down and shut up. I agree that we need to do something about the town signs to welcome people to Masonville NY and I also want to see the community involved in getting a place for our children to play and have a place to hang out. The state troopers are now telling our children to stay off the streets they can't walk around. What are they suppose to do? Do we want them home being couch potatoes? computer surfing? We need a new town hall and maybe a community center but are we thinking about our children? I to think that we are improving this town for the better to have our children up and move away because there is nothing here for them. In order to stay a community we need to act as a community. We were all kids here once we had a place to play and we stayed here because we loved Masonville THE SMALL TOWN WITH A BIG HEART let's give our children a reason to stay here.
March 14, 2008 19:58:50 Concerned Resident   I agree about dog the issue! My small dog and I were attacked by a wandering mixed pit bull while walking in my own yard. I am lucky none of us were seriously injured.
March 14, 2008 17:41:51 Your Neighbor   No Chester, This was not about you. I was venting the day's anger. I Thank You for listening and respecting other's property and space by keeping your animal contained. I Hope others will do the same.
March 14, 2008 11:12:00 Chester   DISCLAIMER -- Even though the preceeding message follows my own the writer is not referring to me(I hope). I do not have Rotweilers or Dobermans; I have a small 16 year old dog that never leaves the yard.
March 14, 2008 01:49:38 Your Neighbor   I think the dog ordinace in Masonville needs to be updated and changed. It is just wrong when you can't go outside in fear of being attacked by someones dobermans and rottweiler. I am mad. Why do you think I want your vicious animals hanging out on my porch or my backyard ? Why do you think it is o.k. to have your animals hanging out on a majar highway? Not only do you NOT care about your neighbors, you obviousley don't care about your animals. Keep them in your own yard! Enough ! I have had enough !
March 11, 2008 11:01:59 Chester   Well, there seems to be quite a fuss about our Governor having connection to a "working girl". Actually he should be commended. He did not outsource, he supported the American worker and even used a New York State "product." At first I felt sympathy for his wife but on thinking it over it is a positive for her as well. She can run for U.S. President in the future on the "sympathy" vote. After all, it did not seem to hurt Billary with her husbands escapades in the White House.
March 08, 2008 09:59:55 Kathy   Hi Robin - I think you are right. The USGS and DeLorme maps show the town line as being south of Camp Brace. I've wondered about this, too. There is a small cemetery back on State Land near Camp Brace, the Colvin cemetery. The records at the Delaware County History website say the cemetery is located in the Town of Deposit, but the maps show it as being in the Town of Masonville.
March 06, 2008 14:24:07 Chester   We have had the unfortunate circumstance of two serious structure fires in our town within the last few days. Be sure to say thank you to our Volunteers in the Masonville FD for their quick and unselfish response. We are blessed with a top grade VFD here in Masonville and we should let them know we do appreciate them.
March 05, 2008 13:55:14 Robin Little   Has anyone been out Route 8 south lately? The Town of Deposit sign is now north of Camp Brace, making the camp in the town of Deposit. The town line was always at Schaefer's. Is our town shrinking?
March 05, 2008 07:15:36 Grumpy Ernst Keidel Grumpy@MasonvilleNY.com CHANGE OF VENUE! Those of you who were at last month's Town Council meeting or read the minutes of that meeting on this website, will know that the March meeting (TONIGHT) will be at the Federated Church instead of our usual venue at the town barn. I hope to see many of you there!
March 03, 2008 16:27:58 Mike   Chester, I like the way you think. If we get all the "out of towners" avoid the "state" highways, it will shorten the lines at Doug's. This way all the "locals" can buy "antiques" with all of the ticket revenue. Then Doug can then afford to pay of his ticket, and maybe even keep his dog quite.
March 03, 2008 16:02:57 Chester   Mike. I agree. We should turn both Rte. 8 and Rte 206 into constant speed traps. That way people could avoid the hamlet of Masonville completely thus taking care of the speeding problem.
March 03, 2008 16:02:41 Jane E. Aikins daughter of Helen Ferry Gould   Just wanted to let you folks know how interesting your website is. It truely brings back many child wonderful memories. I miss seeing the Federated Church. My husband and I were married there in 1969. A special thanks to Jeri Brayman your Town Historian for sending me to this site.
March 03, 2008 15:49:53 Jane E. Aikins   Chester, Thank you. The first couple of times that I tried to submit message nothing happened. Kindest regards,Jane
March 03, 2008 15:45:47 Jane E. Aikins daughter of Helen Ferry Gould   I believe the book went to someone in Sidney Center
March 03, 2008 15:44:14 Jane E. Aikins daughter of Helen Ferry Gould membership@watertownny.com I am trying to locate a genealogy book that my mother loaned out in 1988. Mother passed away that fall prior to retreiving it. She was Helen Ferry Gould daughter of Lena Fredengurg Ferry Stephens married to Charles Foster Ferry (Superintendant of schools in Delaware County) and later to Clearence Stephens proprietor of The Masonville General Store for many years. The dark blue book may have been The Genealogy of the Ferry- Brown Family. Mother's generation was one of the last to be entered. She was born in 1914, then her sister Mary Jeanette Ferry Russell 1916, and followed by her brother Harvey Brown Ferry 1918 I think. I know how difficult it will be to give up this copy---but it would mean so much to our family to have it returned. Thank you for your kind considerstion. Please call 315-783-1427 or email membership@watertownny.com
March 03, 2008 15:39:34 Mike   Doug...Good Ol boy says you got a ticket. Read your words below. I hope they "made to pay through both nostrils" I would appreciate hearing others' thoughts on this idea: Technology exists whereby it would be possible for our fair town to PROFIT from the rude and reckless road users who insist on FLYING through the 30 mph zone on Rt 8. There are devices that can [1] identify vehicles that are speeding and [2] photograph their license places so that the town can [3] issue by-mail tickets. Whatever the cost of such a device, we'd recover it in NO TIME, thanks to the ludicrous lack of observance of our safety-oriented speed-limit rules. The state police make periodic attempts to curb this problem, but their resources are limited -- as is their motivation. But WE stand to gain doubly if speeders are deterred and, when they're not, made to pay through both nostrils.
March 03, 2008 15:37:51 Chester   Ms. Aikins I believe your message will appear immediatly.
March 03, 2008 15:31:23 Jane E. Aikins   Are the messages uploaded over night?
March 01, 2008 11:58:18 Chester   Thank you for your reply. I had not yet read the minutes of the 02/2008 Town Meeting. To bad the original company backed out of the deal as the town property location was probably the most logical solution to a cell tower. I fear any other placement of a tower is going to bring out the NIMBY factor. Everyone wants the tower but "not where I can see it." Oh well, that is the way things go I guess.
Febuary 29, 2008 21:30:00 Grumpy Grumpy@MasonvilleNY.com Chester, check the February minutes. Craig discusses the state of the cell tower under Old Business, item 4.
Febuary 27, 2008 17:27:02 Chester   I thought the placement of a cell tower in Masonville was a done deal? Why would anyone be asking about the placement of a tower on some other site?
Febuary 20, 2008 19:52:28 A. Neighbor   Did anyone else on Route 8 have someone stop to ask if they are would consider having a cell tower put on their property? I'm trying to figure out if this is legitimate or someone trying to figure out what properties are seasonal/vacant.
Febuary 17, 2008 18:00:05 Good ol' Country Boy   Hey Doug Harris, How did that speeding ticket work out for you? So glad you got the police so active here.
Febuary 02, 2008 14:10:41 Kendal   Farmers' Speak-out Sat. Feb 16, 1:00 - 4:30 pm First Presbyterian Church, 296 Main Street, Oneonta Soup and Bread served Childcare and Children's activities provided All are Welcome! Farmers, consumers, store owners, distributors, local government officials, non-profit agencies, come and speak your thoughts and goals on our OPEN MIKE How can we develop local food infrastructure? What do farmers need to sell their food locally? What do consumers want from the local farmer How can we work together as a network of local communities? BUYING FROM LOCAL FARMS is a simple way to liberate our food supply from oil dependence. Come hear others talk about the problems and opportunities we face in getting more local food from our farmers to local consumers. Help create support for local farmers, keep cash within our local economy, protect farmers’ livelihood, increase our supply of fresh, nutritious food, preserve open space, and drastically reduce levels of fossil fuels used. For more information contact: Colleen Blacklock 607 287-3888 or Ed Lentz 607 263-5425 Please let us know ahead if you plan to bring kids. Sponsored by: Environmental Work Group, Otsego County Conservation Assn., NOFA/NY Can we work together....?
January 31, 2008 18:39:11 George denys gdenys@citlink.net The next meeting of the Masonville Master plan advisory commitee is March 19th at 7 P.M.
January 29, 2008 08:15:40 sue and tom   we are wondering when the next CMP meeting is? thanks!
January 19, 2008 00:42:03 A Masonville Resident   That was a very RUDE thing to say!
January 13, 2008 21:38:14 Confused by Chester   Who the hell is Chester???????
January 09, 2008 11:38:15 Grumpy Grumpy@MasonvilleNY.com GERMAN SPEAKERS! I am inviting a number of German speakers from the web to meet with me at the Masonville General Store, over coffee, at 1:00 PM on Saturday, 12 January. Purpose: to practice and keep fresh our German vocabulary and to assist new German learners to become more familiar in that language. Any locals, who are interested in becoming exposed to more German skills, or who just want to BS about the old country, please join us!
January 01, 2008 21:24:16 Craig DuMond   I apologize, the correct starting time of the meeting is 7:30!!!!
January 01, 2008 21:23:08 Craig DuMond   Yes. On 1/2/08 the Organizational Meeting starts at 7pm with the regular meeting to follow.
December 31, 2007 11:56:15 Chester   Is the Town Board still on for Wed 01-02-2008?
December 22, 2007 13:46:45 Doug Harris cats22@frontiernet.net Greetings to all, and to all of whatever faith (or not), I wish you all the happiest of holiday seasons! It\'s been several months since I\'ve been to this site, and I just did a quick catch-up read on things I\'ve missed. A lot, it seems! I\'m sorry that frequent out-of-town trips have kept me from town meetings and, nearly as bad, the MV General Store and CW Cafe. (I\'ve recently been licensed to sell life and health insurance, and having been hard at work learning how best to offer help to people with those needs.) I\'m glad to see, as much through the notes here as my own observations, that both the State Police and the Sheriff\'s Dept have been stepping up anti-speeding efforts. While this can, of course, be a revenue source for the town, the bigger issues include [1] safety and [2] the fact the speed limits hereabouts _have_ been widely abused. And thank you, Grumpy, for getting the spam filter in place!! What a pleasure to see only _relevant_ writings on this wonderful (albeit unofficial!) website. doug harris
December 18, 2007 16:01:13 Chester   Hi Mike You might want to start your search with Rootsweb.com and Ancestry.com. You might also check to see if the name is listed with FindAGrave.com Good luck Chester
December 18, 2007 15:04:39 Mike Valla vallame@yahoo.com My name is Mike Valla. I live in Saratoga Springs. I am trying to research a William W. Cone, who lived in masonville in 1800's. I could only find a line or two in the town Census. Any ideas at all??? I am writing a book about fishing, and he was an early fisherman back then.
December 13, 2007 21:51:19 Doris Kennedy dorpat@optonline.net Hi there. I was hoping as a local Masonville person you may be able to help me. I was given information on a run down house for sale - green - with a 2 car detached garage with some acreage. Perhaps you know this person or this house. I misplaced the telephone number and my husband is about to hang me!! It\'s a long drive from Long Island. Please - if you can, provide me any information. He got the number off a sign on the property. I would be EXTREMELY grateful if you could pass on any information.
December 13, 2007 14:57:41 Sheila R. Benedict goodolcountrybug@gmail.com Please send any emails about Ivanhoe marked Ivanhoe. Thanks again! Keep safe and warm! Happy Holidays!
December 13, 2007 14:52:01 Sheila R. Benedict goodolcountrybug@gmail.com Would anyone have information on Ivahnoe when it was a town? I live in what I am told was the center of Ivanhoe, and I would like to learn more about the town! Thank you for your time!
December 05, 2007 13:51:13 Kendal Masonvillegeneralstore@frontiernet.net Grumpy, I have to ask, don't you mean Masonvillians instead of Masonvillains? :) While I'm here, I'll remind folks of the weekly knitting night, (crochet, needlework, etc.) We're getting a great crowd, and lots of new knitters are well on their way to new winter-wear! Tuesdays between 5 and 8pm at the Masonville General Store. All levels welcome, tips and tricks sharing encouraged.
December 03, 2007 19:06:36 Grumpy Grumpy@MasonvilleNY.com Very well, Chester, let me add to Mr. DeNys\' narrative. Yes, this is my site, paid for and controlled by me. However, the minutes of the town council meetings are \"official\" - as they are passed on to me by the town government. I had wanted to provide a venue for the Masonvillains to be able to ask general questions and/or voice sundry thoughts and opinions. This seems to working quite well on the Message Board, although we had a lot of problems in the beginning with SPAM. This was eliminated with the SPAM filter now in use. I am not a town official of any sort; the closest I come to that is by being the next-door neighbor of our Town Clerk. Naturally, I try to make it to all the Town Council meetings; something I would encourage ALL the locals to do!
December 03, 2007 18:44:48 George Denys, Town Councilman gdenys@citlink.net Hello Chester, This web site is NOT the official site but is the product of a very generous citizen. Back in the dark ages when we had very little contact with our constituents Mr Grumpy made up a website that listed Town contacts for folks. It evolved into what you see here. (Grumpy, please feel free to correct me if needed)We have since made an official website that you can link to from this one. It is rather simplistic but contains everything important and serves as an official outlet for our town. This is not to diminish Grumpys site or efforts but only to make some things "official". As this is a private venture we have no control over it's content but have never felt it was an issue as Grumpy is as competent as anyone in administering it. A disclaimer is totaly up to him as the owner of the site. I hope this helps explain things. George
December 03, 2007 13:20:10 Chester   Perhaps some kind person can clarify for me the status of this website? - From the information that I have been able to gather, this site is NOT an official site of the Masonville Town? - I am told it is a privately owned site and the owner allows it to be used for a quasi-town government site. Is this true? - If so, then perhaps it should be noted in the header who owns the site and that information found on this site is not officially information issued by the ruling body in MV. - While I am not certain what the regulations are concerning local government internet sites; I do know what the regulations are concerning an official newspaper so I assume the regulations pertaining to newspapers would pertain to any other source of information dispensed by the town. - While I have enjoyed to banter found on this site I fear that some may feel that it is an official organ of the town rather than a general information site.
December 02, 2007 11:39:15 Chester   Mr George Denys, Town Councilman.- I will agree with you, MV has one of the best highway crews.- They are efficient, helpful and do a good job.- I Wish they were the ones maintaining the ditches in front of my property; if they were the ditches would not be in the shape they are in.- While I am not really an "official" resident of MV as I live outside the hamlet and have only been in the area for 5 years; I do appreciate the efforts of the town road crew.- So I wish them and their families the most joyous of Christmas and a happy healthy 2008!
December 02, 2007 11:01:03 Grumpy, Town Character Grumpy@MasonvilleNY.com In case any of you are wondering why I don\'t have the November Minutes posted yet, let me lay the blame on Town Clerk Pam Walker\'s crashed computer. The November Minutes will be forthcoming, albeit a bit delayed.
December 02, 2007 08:15:36 George Denys, Town Councilman gdenys@citlink.net Easy Folks. As a Town Councilman I have recieved many comments on the increased police presence in our Town. Almost always the town residents have said they appriciate them. The only negitive comments I have recieved are from folks who do not live here. Mr Dumond ,our Town Supervisor, has put it as plainly as can be. Everyone in the Town knows about this and can, if they need to, adjust there driving habits appropriatly. I would also like to take time to thank our Highway Dept. Before we get up they are out there in the most miserable weather making sure we have clean safe roads to drive on. Sure, you say, thats what they are paid to do.....well, quite frankly, we don't pay them enough. What we can but not enough. They are never a problem for the Town, they never complain and are always on time and doing a professional job. Another little known fact is that they do alot of maintenance on our trucks and equipment that they are not required to do. This saves us many thousands each year. They do this because they truly care about their town. That says alot to me. If you get the chance, thank them. I hope everyone has a happy and safe Holliday season. George
December 01, 2007 22:21:44 Chester   Bob K - I do thank you for your astute comments on my earlier note on this message board. - I really had no intent of answering you but it struck me sort of funny and as a result I have to comment. - My earlier note was an opinion on my part and opinions like bellybuttons seem to be a part of everybody. - My opinion is no more or less valid than any other persons observations. - As to your observations on the quality or lack of quality on the part of the "Upstate" school system, that I will have to accept at face value as it has been many, many years since I have been in a classroom as a student. - I gather from the tone of your letter that you are in law enforcement.- For that I thank you as someone has to do it. - If you are, as I suspect, in the law enforcement field you are aware of the so called "police mentality". - As to the risks of being in law enforcement; I am sure there are risks and hazards, but no more so than a lot of other occupations including fire-fighters and convenience store clerks which are included in the top ten hazardous occupations. And keep in mind all law enforcement persons are in law enforcement by choice.
December 01, 2007 22:16:49 Craig DuMond, Town Supervisor   One just needs to apply to good old fashioned rule of common sense...."if you dont want a ticket, dont speed". This should not be a hard concept to grasp. I have never heard of people leaving a community because there were too many police around, rather just the opposite! I welcome enforcement of any New York State Laws by our local law enforcement. We should be grateful they choose to spend their time protecting our community. We have already had one horrific traffic fatality in our hamlet and I personally never want to see another one. I welcome and applaud the New York State Police and Delaware County Sheriff in keeping our Town a safer place for our citizens!
December 01, 2007 18:57:57 Bob K.   Mr. Chester. Thank you for letting us all know that Troopers are liars and have no respect for anyone other than themselves. I did not know there was such enlightenment upstate! Down here Troopers are held in high reguard as they put their lives on the line (and sometimes loose them) daily. I think the upstate school system has failed us badly. You are exibit "A".
December 01, 2007 08:58:44 George Denys gdenys@citlink.net Hello Grumpy and all, I cannot understand why folks are suprised or upset that law enforcement agencies are patroling State Hwy 8 and State Hwy 206. It\'s not as if they are hiding along a back road!! These are State Highways and have to be patroled. I am glad they are showing a presence in our town and hope it will deter the thieves that robbed from a local residence WHILE THEY WERE HOME!! Some folks don\'t like the police for whatever reason but when something bad happens they are the first to hide behind them. One positive thing we can and should do is start an official neighborhood watch program in the hamlet. I would be happy to put any interested folks in contact with the County Sheriff or State Police for guidance in starting one up. It\'s our town and we have a certain responsibility to help protect it from folks who would do us wrong. My Thanks to the NYS Police and the County Sheriff\'s office for their efforts in making Masonville a safer place to be. One last thought....I havent heard anyone say they have recieved a frivolous ticket. No \"I got a ticket for 33 in a 30\" stories. My guess is that most tickets are being issued for a good reason. My neighbor has complained of people passing him in the hamlet. That kind of driving behavior is inexcusable and I hope the DA gets involved with some wreckless driving convictions. If I sound intollerant then understand that I almost lost my wife one day when an 18 wheeler blew through the light at 60+ MPH. Another wasn\'t so lucky. I watched in horror another day as a car carrier passed our town clerk waiting to turn into the town hall on the right, ON THE SIDEWALK!! What if someone was walking on the sidewalk at that time? They would be dead. Drive reasonably and you won\'t have worry about tickets. I guess I turned the corner.......I sound just like my father.
November 30, 2007 18:36:11 ted tiska ttiska@stny.rr.com Kudos to Grumpy for his support for local law enforcement.
November 30, 2007 12:46:55 Chester   Yep, ya named it. REVENUE makes a speed trap. REVENUE and REVENUE alone. Usually speeding fines are levied only against those who can least afford it. Called "poor tax." I am sure that MV reaps a tremendous income from "keeping MV safe." Someone on here noted that they asked a State Trooper what his "cut off" point was. The Trooper must have given him some answer and he believed it! Come on, don't be so gullible. Troopers are not known for truthfulness when it comes to questions of that nature. To a Trooper (or any other person in law enforcement) most people outside the law enforcement field is a "dirt bag" and deserving of anything that happens to them. So, believing that there is a "cut off" point for speeding is naive. As I said I laud the efforts to keep our streets and highways safe but, alas, it is doubtful that is the motive behind all the police activity in MV. I agree that the easiest way to avoid a speeding ticket is to obey the speed limit. But why doesn't the law enforcement spend as much time enforcing the law at the 4 way stop in MV? I see many vehicles failing to stop at that light. Maybe because speeding fines are more lucretive to the state and local area?
November 30, 2007 10:11:19 Grumpy Grumpy@MasonvilleNY.com Boo Hoo! I can't believe all the crying and hand wringing over speeding tickets! A few days ago, on a trip down Route 8 to Sidney, I saw as many as 2 Sheriff's vehicles as well as 2 State Police cruisers, ALL with pulled-over motorists. That means that those people are learning not to speed on our roadways, as well as adding revenue to our town treasury. Thet's a win-win situation Just because the laws are enforsed here, doesn't make Masonville a speed-trap! It is very easy to avoid getting a speeding ticket and I find it humorous to see all these (often illegal) devices offered for sale which claim to circumvent redar detection or otherwise fool and/or mislead law enforcers. I have certain features in both of my vehicles and use them all the time. They keep me from getting speeding tickets and are absolutely legal. This feature is known as CRUISE CONTROL! Works every time.
November 29, 2007 12:26:39 Chester   In some points I agree with Mr. Bell and his observations. Small town courts are nothing more than revenue generators for the municipal area they serve. I sometimes wonder of local justice courts are even constitutional. They have a vested monatary interist in seeing that fines are paid. Justice plays little or no part in the process. While I have not had the opportunity to attend any court sessions in MV or received a ticket in MV I have noted that there seems to be a tendency on the part of law enforcement to cater to a small manority of people living along the corridor between MV and Sidney. The day before Thanksgiving I had to go to Sidney 3 times using that stretch of road. On all three occasions I noted the Delaware Sheriff or the State Police had cars stopped at some point along the road and on one occasion I noted two Sheriff's vehicles had cars stopped. While I laud the efforts to keep our highways and streets safe I fear much of it has nothing to do with safety but rather revenue; revenue for the state of New York and the municipal coffers.
November 28, 2007 19:13:10 George Denys gdenys@citlink.net Mr.Dave Bell, Most Town residents understand what drives the police in their law enforcement efforts....it certianly isn't the Town Board. I guess your point is that you should be able to come here and break the law without fear of prosecution?? Just what is your point? I talked with a Trooper not long ago and asked what his cut off was. Belive me, if you were above that you deserved a ticket.
November 28, 2007 18:58:36 George Denys gdenys@citlink.net The Towns survey for the Master Plan is in the hands of the Delaware Co. Planning Dept. There will be copies available at the meeting on Thursday however the mailing has been delayed due to corrections being made to the origional draft. It's better to get it correct than rush it. I hope to have a good turn out as this is an important junction in out town's history.
November 27, 2007 23:34:04 Dave Bell   I had the absolute pleasure of meeting your town judge tonight and it looked like most of your town..I come form a small town in upstate ny myself..Utill I could no longer afford the exorbitant taxes and cost of living on my fourth generation family farm and sold out and left NY.. Congratulations on your great plan to issue traffic tickets to downstaters or other people..I noticed the town court was PACKED (standing room only) with RESIDENTS of your town..Who all got tickets and will be sending their FINE money to Albany.. Nice work.. The stupidity in NY never ceases to amaze me..Thank god I am not stuggling to pay YOUR taxes and tickets and food cost and insurance and gasoline and general cost of living anymore..Hope your great plan to write tickets to lower your taxes is a continuing success.. To the woman in tears almost tonight for her first ticket in her entire life..I hope your neighbors are real proud..
November 27, 2007 20:11:58 bertimouse   CUDOS TO CRAIG FOR ORGANIZING THE TOWN OF MASONVILLE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN! I still haven't received my Planning Committee SURVEY IN THE MAIL which was supposed to be mailed out to all MV residents on Nov. 19th; as was noted at the Nov. 7th Masonville Town Meeting. -Was there a problem with the mailing or my PO Box? According to what was said then they hoped to have some input from the mailings to report on by Nov. 29th. Will this still happen?
November 26, 2007 21:35:23 Craig DuMond   There will be a public meeting for the Masonville Comprehensive Plan on Thursday November 29th at 7pm at the Masonville Federated Church. Comprehensive plans are now required under New York State Law as a foundation for municipal planning. It's a good time to study our Town, evaluate options and make choices that will take us into the future. We have created an advisory committee chaired by Councilman George Denys to manage the effort. Our Comprehensive Plan committee, comprised of community members, will be guiding the work, and we have the confidence in them to get it right. We also need the PUBLIC'S DIRECT INPUT! We are hoping to get a large attendance Thursday night....Please come....become informed and involved in your Town's future.
November 18, 2007 12:41:46 Chester   Well, the time has arrived. The downstaters stop shooting each other and swarm to the area to shoot the dangerous deer.
November 16, 2007 13:11:13 Kendal Masonvillegeneralstore@frontiernet.net Calling all stitch wits and happy hookers! New knitting (crochet, needlework, etc.) group meeting Tuesdays between 6 and 8pm at the Masonville General Store. This is an opportunity for co-creativity and community. All levels welcome, tips and tricks sharing encouraged. Look forward to seeing you!
November 13, 2007 10:29:27 Mark and Robin Little   Where were the flags for Veteran's Day? We thought that the town would have honored this day with them. If this day was forgotten, shame on you.
November 11, 2007 19:18:50 Michael Lt1MTH@aol.com Hi everyone, I found a puppy in Steam Mill Forest on Saturday, Nov. 10th. If anyone knows anything about a very young lost dog, please Email me. If someone might check the local paper also as I am back downstate, I would appreciate it. Thank You Michael
November 10, 2007 07:45:05 Grumpy Grumpy@MasonvilleNY.com In addition to juggling our residence problem, as Commander of Disabled American Veterans Chapter 200 in Oneonta, I am also obligated to sit at a table in the Southside Mall and solicit donations toward the purchase of a new van. You can read more about that on our website (DAV200.org) -- So I am forced to leave my dear little wife to deal with our bewildered kitty-cats and to properly supervise the workmen who have (literally) broken up our happy home! Say, if your travels take you to Oneonta and the Southside Mall today, stop by and say hello.
November 10, 2007 06:12:56 Grumpy Grumpy@MasonvilleNY.com Thank you, Kendal! Yes, I am the "Homeless Guy" to whom she referred. We are in the midst of changing homes on our site and our old one has been pulled apart and is no longer habitable and the new one, tho' onsite, is not hooked up yet. Currently residing at the Super 8, we are indeed temporarily homeless! This also means that I don't have access to my computer for updating my websites, etc.
November 09, 2007 16:54:16 kendal Masonvillegeneralstore@frontiernet.net Hey Homeless Guy! UPS dropped off 3 packages for ya. cheers, kendal
November 06, 2007 11:31:00 Chester N Shew revshew@yahoo.com Hiya I belong to a group that searches graves for people. I will check the cemeteries in Masonville for you and will E-Mail the information. See the E-Mail I sent you.
November 05, 2007 09:36:14 Donna Garvey dgarvey@cxtec.com I was looking for my grand mothers grave - I know even though she lives in Sidney she is buried in Masonville NY. I can not find it on the web in any of the cemarty listings. Effie Shofkom. Does anyone know where she is buried for sure?
November 05, 2007 08:21:17 George Denys gdenys@citlink.net It would be helpfull if you said who you are. People will usualy not speak up until they know who they are talking to.
October 23, 2007 22:52:39 bertimouse   Question: Would anyone be interested in helping me start up a Town of Masonville Garden Club/Town Beautification Program/Organization to work on all things related to green in tandem with the newly formed Town of Masonville Planning Committee?
October 23, 2007 22:32:58 bertimouse   Message to RevShew@yahoo.com and revshew@yahoo.com: You should come to the Town of Masonville meetings! We just talked about that. Check out the past meeting report for September. :)
October 23, 2007 22:29:13 bertimouse   Message to zklein@gmail.com: If you can get cable connection to your house, the best thing is roadrunner, available through TimeWarner Cable; nearest located in Sidney, NY I think, but I had to drive into Oneonta, NY to set up my service in MV. Hope this helps. :)
October 23, 2007 15:29:33 Chester N Shew revshew@yahoo.com What is all the hulabulu about paying for the fuel used by the Chiefs of the MVFD to respond to calls? Personally I would say that is pretty reasonable request by the Chiefs. Having spent many years in VFD's as a firefighter, officer and lastly as Chaplain, both upstate and on LI I can tell you that upstate FD Officers spend a lot of thier own money and a lot of time to serve their communities. I would say that what little is given to them in the way of fuel compenses is a real bargain for the Town. As to the officers of the MVFD responding to calls in "large SUV's" I have NO idea what they drive but one thing I DO know is that this being a rural area if were a responding officer I certainly would want the best vehicle I could get to respond in knowing the condition of some of the back roads in the spring and winter.
October 23, 2007 15:04:14 Chester N Shew RevShew@yahoo.com Looking for the official names of two of the cemeteries in Masonville. 1. The cemetery on Beech Hill road. 2. The cemetery on 206 east of 4 corners. Thanks. Can respond to revshew@yahoo.com
October 18, 2007 22:49:36 Grumpy Grumpy@MasonvilleNY.com Itty-bitty kitty cats are what I found at Kendal's MASONVILLE GENERAL STORE today. I guesstimate them to be around 6 or 7 weeks old. Old enough to be absolutely endearing! I immediately fell in love with one of them who, after I picked it up, promptly fell asleep in my arm, on leg dangling. I sat immobile for a good long while, not wishing to awaken the peaceful sleeper. Alas, as commander of my Disabled American Veterans chapter in Oneonta, I had to put the little kitty down, for I had to leave to chair my meeting. But, this lovable little purring sleeper would not have gone home with me anyhow. With three resident cats, our cat quota is reached. If you can convince Kendal that you could provide a suitable and caring home, she might let you have one of these little treasures.
October 18, 2007 13:11:36 Craig DuMond   It depends on where you plan to locate yourself within the Town. Most areas in the Town have hi-speed internet, but there are places where only dial-up is available. You can try and contact Time Warner Cable or Citizen's communications to determine what service is available in the are in which you are planning to move to.
October 17, 2007 11:35:27 A Klein zklein@gmail.com Hi, I\'m considering moving to Masonville and had a question: Who provides high-speed internet in the area? Also, if you wouldn\'t mind, could please tell me about the quality of service? Much appreciated.
October 09, 2007 13:38:56 Grumpy Grumpy@MasonvilleNY.com WI-FI avaiable at the MASONVILLE GENERAL STORE and CRESCENT WRENCH CAFE! Another few hours spent at my favorite coffee shop, Masonville's cultural center. This time, I am not just reading my regular mail, I am reading my eMail as well! Yes, Kendal has internet access available in her store! It just doesn't get much better than this! All this and great coffee too.
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