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March 31, 2011 21:27:57 bertimouse   Wondering: NOPE. A Wake is what TOM basically does every Memorial Day don't you think? TOM needs to Celebrate it's 200th Year of SURVIVAL: Past,Present & Future. We here think that it should be a JUBILEE with Much Good Time Celebration, Good Food & Good Music. OK we hope it's mostly Blue Grass, Country & Blues but that's just us Hoping. :)
March 31, 2011 15:15:19 Wondering   Nothing against a bi-centential but wouldn't a wake be more appropriate with the cemetery as a centerpiece?
March 30, 2011 08:00:31 Mormon Hollow Farm   Did not mean to hurt your feelings Robin. I was only going by the newspaper article which I sent you.
March 30, 2011 07:57:27 Masonville resident forever   as one who has lived here forever, you never trust the roads in the state land until mid may. Mud, snow and whatever, are always the unknown out there.
March 29, 2011 18:54:01 majtom   Does anyone know if Steam mill rd is passable up in the state land ?
March 29, 2011 17:04:34 RCL   Jerri, If you look back at a previous posting. I said that Mr. Banner had told that my house was build with materials from the mill, not the Bloxham House. My floors show spots where it is worn by tools, carts, and machinery.
March 28, 2011 19:56:21 Mormon Hollow Farm   Just saw a newspaper article which stated who tore the buildings down in 1941 to build our (new) school. I found it interesting that 2 of these were torn down by Masonville residents. John Young, the mill and Mr. Banner, the Bloxham house. Since Robin Little was told her home was built at this time, possible from the Bloxam house, since Mr. Banner had told her father. There was another house and a store house.
March 27, 2011 19:06:17 bertimouse   The TOM 200th Anniversary Parade will be on Saturday, July 16th. Only 4 more TOMB Mtgs. till then. First Wednesday of the month is when they're held. Be there or be Square this Spring, eh?
March 26, 2011 11:57:56 Grumpy Ernst Keidel CDR.Keidel@gmail.com BTW, speaking of April's meeting: those of you who are interested in the planning and/or participation of Masonville's Bi-Centennial Parade, should come an hour earlier. The Parade Planning Committee will convene at 6:30 at the same venue.
March 26, 2011 07:46:27 Masonville resident   Clean up date will probably be set at the April town meeting, first wed. of month.
March 26, 2011 07:02:35 Sharon Maggio auntcookie1961@yahoo.com When are the town's clean up days this year?
March 26, 2011 02:06:03 bertimouse   AT&T has a great "Safety Video" about TEXT-TING WHILE DRIVING! Check it out - all schools should show this to their students. All local police & fire depts. should sponsor showing this short video. It would save young lives Now!
March 26, 2011 00:30:56 bertimouse   At least our Crocuses are poking up Now. Wish Everyone Else had the Same Optimistic View & Sense of Life Every Year that Our Mother Nature Does. OK, We'll crawl back into our Listening Hole with the Bluegrass & Blues Music again, AMEN.
March 23, 2011 13:19:51 RangerDanger   Gotta love Delaware County. :D
March 23, 2011 08:53:50 Mormon Hollow Farm   Does anyone remember the 6 inches of snow we got on May 12,1973? Now that was depressing, this is just March in Delaware Co., a foot of snow today and 60 and the sun and flowers are out next week. Enjoy, this is why we live here, never a dull moment.
March 23, 2011 07:17:12 CC   Just hate it !! :( ,but Spring is here :)
March 23, 2011 06:00:28 snowman   Whats wrong not happy to see me? . Im back and this time i'll stick around awhile.
March 22, 2011 21:49:55 bertimouse   Oh CC get over it. Buck up just like the Robins have to. One thing that personally ticks us off is folks complaining, complaining, complaining. If it 'aint the weather then it's local politics or whatever. 'Aint there nothing really beautiful nor Thankful nor nothing that you want to Help Someone Local or Otherwise in your life to talk about? OK, Whatever. CC you don't have to answer us. We're depressed enough about nobody giving a rats behind any where's we see. Just everyone picking on everyone else & nobody getting together. Guess we gotta listen to some good time Bluegrass & Blues Music tonight, nuff said & Amen for that.
March 21, 2011 07:39:39 CC   SNOW!!!!! AGAIN? CANT DEAL WITH THIS ANYMORE,SUPPOUSED TO BE SPRING,WHAT HAPPENED TO GLOBAL WARMING? LOL,LOL
March 20, 2011 21:45:14 Les   The bald eagle I spotted many times near the Unadilla fishing access parking lot made the front page of the Oneonta Daily Star a year or two ago.The picture was the same as we kept seeing it.Perched on a branch \'fishing\'.
March 20, 2011 19:38:16 bertimouse   Hi again Mormon Hollow Farm & Les now too! Forgot to say how Cool is was for yall to spot an Eagle. There's a nesting site North of us; but they may have been looking for fish nearer to us because of the Pepacton Reservoir, yes? In any case any sightings should be reported to the DEC Endangered Species Unit whenever you see them: *Adult eagles between April 15 and June 15(this could lead to the discovery of new nesting pairs). *Four or more eagles in one location, especially after 3 pm(this could reveal a significant winter roost site). *Eagles with colored wing tags or leg bands. Endangered Species Unit Contact Information: NYSDEC 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4754 (518)402-8924 email=fwinfo@gw.dec.state.ny.us. Hope this helps.
March 20, 2011 00:51:49 Les   My sincere condolences Grumpy,and your family.
March 20, 2011 00:15:12 Les   I seen the same bald eagle many times going to Oneonta,perched on a big branch looking for fish.
March 19, 2011 15:52:18 Grumpy Ernst Keidel CDR.Keidel@gmail.com Driving past our home today, you may have noticed my flag at half-staff. It was today, in 1945, that my brother and sister were killed by an allied bombing of our apartment house in Hamburg, Germany. My sister was 2½ years, my brother 7 months old. For this reason I was born and raised an only-child.
March 19, 2011 06:14:59 Grumpy Ernst Keidel CDR. Keidel@gmail.com About a week ago or so, my wife and I saw a bald eagle cruising aloft between Exits 9 and 10. He was low enough to clearly make out his markings. Man, that's a big, beautiful bird. We were suitably impressed. Did I say he was big? Oh yeah!
March 19, 2011 01:19:24 bertimouse   To Mormon Hollow Farm: Sorry forgot to Congratulate you for mentioning about seeing a Bald Eagle. DEC has a website where you can report where you see any Bald Eagle. Just so you know; we checked it out & the DEC Website is mostly concerned about how many Bald Eagles are hanging out together 'cause that means(DUH)a new source of food, because they (think) they already know where the nesting pairs are within Delaware County. Hope this Helps.
March 19, 2011 01:02:07 bertimouse   Grumpy: Chanting and or Howling at the Moon is Optional, Ha ha. The Coyotes do enough of that to bother us & our chickens. Happy Spring to you & yours this weekend. Here\'s to all the little purple flower bulbs trying to pock up out of the ground right now.
March 18, 2011 19:21:04 Grumpy Ernst Keidel CDR.Keidel@gmail.com " Above-ground crops are planted during the light of the Moon(new to full);below-ground crops are planted during the dark of the Moon(from the day after it is full to the day before it is new again)." Yes, but do you have to chant or howl at said moon? ;o)
March 17, 2011 21:50:04 bertimouse   CC & JMO: Spread the word for now! Thanks.
March 17, 2011 21:44:28 bertimouse   Hi Mormon Hollow Farm! Hey it aint spring till the Robins are back; usually March 9-11th every year. We predict they\'ll be back by this Sunday in time for the first day of Spring. This Saturday March 19th there will be a full Moon of rare size & beauty,rising in the east at sunset. Its a super "perigee moon" - the biggest in almost 20 years because its the closest the Moon has been to the Earth since then; there is a Scientific study out there that says that 20 days before & 20 days after this moon is when the greatest Earthquakes will happen. Japan had one so far, hopefully thats all there will be. ANYWAY, it will be a BIG Full Moon therefore the BEST time to plant will be Saturday for: [taken from 2011 Farmers Almanac] Above-ground crops are planted during the light of the Moon(new to full);below-ground crops are planted during the dark of the Moon(from the day after it is full to the day before it is new again). Planting is done in the daytime; planting at night is optional! This chart includes the most popular crops. For others, consult your local cooperative extension. Location: Masonville, NY: 50% probability of frost free after May 19 (at DEPOSIT, NY climate station): Crop Dates Start Seeds in the Ground Brussels sprouts Mar 24-Apr 7 Cabbage Mar 24-Apr 7 Cauliflower Mar 24-Apr 7 Celery Mar 24-Apr 7 Hopefully well have a clear night to see how BIG this Moon gets to Welcome Us All for Spring with No More Snow! :)
March 17, 2011 21:41:51 Les   It felt more like summer t shirt weather!My flowers wanted to enjoy the day,and are trying to pop up.How did the maple sap turn out?I didn't get any taps out this year.
March 17, 2011 16:40:03 Mormon Hollow Farm   Has anyone thought about it,spring may be here. The geese are here, flowers are pushing up through the snow, and some of the trees are budding. Of course there is still lots of snow!!! Also saw a bald eagle on Mormon Hollow, that is a first for me.
March 17, 2011 12:27:09 JMO   I think it's a great idea to have the kids in the cummunity design the flag.Turn it fun competition! And I think it should reflect the past,present and future.
March 17, 2011 09:14:45 CC   Just an idea,it got to start some where!
March 16, 2011 19:31:15 bertimouse   Hey CC: check out the history of flags-everything you do has to mean something. It is pretty important, you know? If in fact that TOM has never had a Town Flag then this would be A Big Deal.[the Town Historian should verify but we have already done some research 9 yrs. ago in 3 different local Libraries without finding anything so far but we could be wrong.]We are just saying that with Any First Flag should come respect for History First. Nuff Said from us here for now about that. Yes.
March 16, 2011 19:08:40 bertimouse   Hi Grumpy: Man Your Avuncular Pride is glowing! May Kindness & Geniality always be with you & yours all the days of your lives. Congrats!
March 16, 2011 18:50:33 bertimouse   Hi Lynn: we were thinking about just using the yellow background of the "don't tread on me" flag as a meaningful color which could be interpreted in allot of different ways depending on the designer. Let's Let All the Children of TOM Design It Instead. Now That would be a Really Cool Project! The History of TOM could be incorporated somehow to remind us of our past, present&future, yes? A TOM "community flag committee" could stipulate the rules of the competition for the kids: what color for the background & what other colors they could use: red, blue, white, green; whether there be any lettering or not. Just brainstorming here. For kids & flags worldwide the colors should be kept Minimal so you can focus on the Symbols which[as you've mentioned]are most important. A TOM committee could review & recommend the top 3 out of all the entries[which shouldn't be more than 200 tops, yes?]to vote on at a board mtg. in early May or June. Then by July 16th One Big Flag & allot of little flags(say 200-300?)could be made[yes, by TOM footing the bill with 1/2 donations by local companies]to hand out & surprise everyone with the winner during a ceremony before or after the parade. Award to the child should be $100 bond for their college education. Any Progressive comments out there? This is just our opinion from our humble house. Thanks again for the over 225 words, webmaster! :)
March 16, 2011 07:04:59 Grumpy Ernst Keidel CDR.Keidel@gmail.com Avuncular Pride! This is what I felt last night at the ROTARY INTERNATIONAL dinner honoring twenty two new inductees into the National Honor Society. Yes, my lovely niece Namkyung Kim was one of them! That's on top of her winning the Section IV Mixed Doubles Badminton Championship for Sidney, at the tournament, last weekend. My Avuncular Pride cup runneth over!
March 15, 2011 07:19:19 CC   How about,light blue background,with mountains,a creek and the sun half way up.
March 15, 2011 00:16:38 Lynn   If TOM has a flag, I am sure the info can be found at the library. Pride in a community is great. Flying our own community flag would be great. But Don\'t tread on me? I would like to see something less militant and more friendly. Something I wouldn\'t mind my little grandsons waving at a parade.
March 14, 2011 21:40:08 Craig DuMond   I like the idea of a Town Flag. Please present any ideas / suggestions at an upcoming Board meeting.
March 14, 2011 20:53:38 bertimouse   Hi Craig, We hear you. Does the TOM have an Official Town Flag? No one answered that Q we had about that awhile back-How about Incorporating the "Don't Tread On Me" flag somehow-which is already flying along route 8 now, eh?
March 14, 2011 07:54:11 CC   Try Tom
March 13, 2011 18:01:45 wshbown   does any one know who does gutters in the area thanks and thanks for the info on snow plowing
March 12, 2011 20:44:51 Craig DuMond   Hi, Berti - I appreciate the vote of confidence, however, the Town Board has not taken a raise in 3 years and this is no time to start. Unlike the Albany and Washington politicians, local government officials really get involved for the right reasons. It is a shame to watch the State attempt to abolish Home Rule and eliminate local governments through consolidations and mergers. The larger govt is the more inefficient and less accountable it is. There is a lot to be said for the local official who has to look his constituents in the face in the local community and personally answer phone calls. For the State (with a 9 BILLION dollar deficit) to tell us we are inefficient and costly is a slap in the face to all taxpayers. When is the last time a local government has run in the red? I spend significant amounts of time studying Albany and it makes me sick! They are slowly forcing us to build our own gallows and sadly many of us are drinking the kool-aid. Enough of my rantings, Masonville is in great shape and I am proud to be a part of our community.
March 11, 2011 22:11:53 bertimouse   Hi All. Found another great website: capitaltonight.com. Tells all about the goings on at Albany. Great Site. -Wish the local [free]WBNG TV or FOX channels would report more about what's going on up there. They're both pretty pathetic about that & truly buck with a big S in front. Anyway, we can just imagine what TOM's Super Craig has to do Every Day Just To Keep Up on the Daily Albany State News which Affect All Of Us Here! You Craig Deserve a Raise in Salary for the Hard Work & Accomplishments you've done since you've been in office & we here in our household would support that if it should ever come up to be voted on. BUT!-We took a local poll: no one[including our household]has had a raise in 2 years so why should you get a raise when they don't? -I personally tried to explain that your actions continue to benefit all of of our future; trickle down effect you know? But No Dice Craig. The upper guys are going DOWN & the little guys want UP for 2011, so to speak. And so it goes. T.G. that TOM doesn't have to deal with Tsunami Waves, eh Craig? :) Japan needs our prayers at least.
March 10, 2011 23:25:33 Les   www.eastmasonvilleweather.com also has a webcam that shows current weather in realtime and recorded for the day,on a backroad so you can also see real road conditions in Masonville.It doesn't get any better than that.
March 10, 2011 16:01:04 Kathy Ryan   Another great website for Masonville weather is www.eastmasonvilleweather.com.
March 10, 2011 07:27:17 CC   Thanks for the info.
March 10, 2011 01:12:15 for CC   Correction...wbng.com - very good local weather info
March 10, 2011 00:06:51 bertimouse   LOL Les.
March 09, 2011 23:35:40 bertimouse   Hi CC, officially here we measured 16 inches, but it's melted down to about 12 inches by now & with LOTS OF RAIN potential for floods as always. -A GREAT website to check out is WBNGTV.com for local weather. They've got a Great interactive site for checking whatever streams/rivers you live nearby. Luckily the latest predictions will not be bad even with all the snow melt except near Vestal, up North, etc. The Homeports of Masonville/Sidney area will be OK. -Walton looks dicey as usual but no major worries there. Hope this helps. This website is really cool regarding weather updates.
March 09, 2011 12:44:27 CC   Thanks Kat,was hoping to go up there this wknd and check things out on property,but dont know.
March 09, 2011 12:06:40 Kathy K   CC: Shears Road is plowed (one lane) past the "Maintenance Ends" sign. The snow along the side of the road is about 3 or 4 feet high. I didn't drive up past the "Maintenance Ends" sign (it looks like it could be icy), but it appears to be plowed up to the Ponderosa. The snow might melt with the rain we are supposed to get tomorrow. The snowmobile trail on Zion Hill is still going strong.
March 09, 2011 08:02:07 CC   How bad is up there?
March 09, 2011 07:56:29 masonville res.   also Steve 265-3761
March 09, 2011 07:30:19 CC   Toms # is 607-265-3266,he is good
March 09, 2011 00:25:02 resident   I think Tom Sherman or George Walker still do plowing. Don't know the numbers.
March 08, 2011 18:08:23 wshbown   does anyone know of a plow truck for hire to plow my driveway off of rt 8 by the ice cream shop if i can get their number that would be great
March 08, 2011 12:16:26 CC   Wonder how bad is Shears rd,was planning to go there this wknd ,BUT.
March 08, 2011 09:55:55 Grumpy Ernst Keidel CDR.Keidel@gmail.com Yes, the highway crew did a good job on the roads. Unfortunately, I have to call in my own crew to clear out my driveway, at my expense. My niece had a hard time climbing over the snow barrier, trying to get into the school bus this morning. It is a good thing that we don\'t HAVE to go anywhere today; our driveway is behind a snowbank.
March 08, 2011 09:37:19 CC   Feel for you guys with all that Snow upthere,hey it is winter,but this year has been real bad.
March 08, 2011 07:43:38 taxpayer   Highway crew-- great job done yesterday. Now are we all ready for some rain?
March 07, 2011 22:15:33 Grumpy Ernst Keidel CDR.Keidel@gmail.com Yes, CC! We got tons of snow. We had a hard time opening the screen door to the front deck; the snow had practically sealed us in. To boot, our handiman called in sick, so no one shoveled us out. The highway department plowed our mailbox inaccessible, thus we had no mail delivered today! Yes, this is Mrch coming in like a lion.
March 07, 2011 14:48:19 CC   Hi! you guys got much snow up in Masonville this weekend?
March 07, 2011 00:30:51 Les   I almost forgot,Nuff said.
March 07, 2011 00:24:01 Les   Thanks Craig for the info,I didn't know the county footed unpaid bills.You say the county maintains a healthy reserve balance? Why doesn't our Federal Government? Woah I should shut up now,no talk of national politics on this website!Sir Berti wouldn't like it.Even though it affects all of us directly.
March 06, 2011 15:57:03 Craig DuMond   The County covers unpaid taxes as Town's would run into deep trouble if all of a sudden several people didnt pay. This could result in unpaid ills and reductions of service. The County maintains a healthy reserve balance specifically designed for unpaid taxes so when someone doesnt pay the Town they front the money. The county then deals with the taxpayer and ultimately forecloses for unpaid taxes. This results in a tax foreclosure auction where the property sold and the taxes paid....generally for more than what was owed for taxes. So for the local taxpayer, this is the best way to ensure their Town can perform services and pay their bills.
March 06, 2011 10:30:41 bertimouse   Yup. thanks webmaster.
March 05, 2011 12:41:54 Town of Masonville Webmaster   Bertimouse - While it seems complicated it is and it isn't. There are companies on the internet that, for a fee, supply bandwidth and storage space for those who would like a site on the internet. Generally they have large severs where the information is stored and duplicated in case of loss. This site is paid for by Mr Keidel for his own reasons what ever they are. Mr Keidel pays someone else to maintain the site. He probably does not have anything to do with the site physically. The town of Masonville pays a company for the space to set up the official site. That company only supplies the space and the address. I maintain the site for Masonville. i.e. Place the minutes of the meetings on the site, anything the board wants to have appear on the site. Do we talk to each other? I have met Mr. Keidel on a couple of occasions but I do not know nor have I met the person or persons who actually maintain this site. (Webmaster) Hope this makes more sense to you?
March 04, 2011 22:07:40 bertimouse   Hi Craig. Thanks for explaining about the unpaid taxes, which is surprising. Why should the County pay for unpaid taxes? Yes it's good for us but isn't it bad for our county overall? Just wondering as usual. About broadcasting the Monthly TOM Board Meetings: it would not be an interactive thing. It would just be like a broadcasted TV show that folks could only view which many other towns in NY already do. It could be after the actual date of the meeting though we know that many do them live, but whatever. We agree with you that all citizens should personally address the board. We totally disagree with you that this technology is not available to do here. We keep hearing about how 60%[?] of the residents of this town are composed of folks who don't actually live here year round? If this is truly the case then those folks deserve & have a right for better & quicker access to the TOM government functions. I'M JUST SAYING that this would be a good idea & one not to just say no to. It needs to be studied & yes I will be at the next TOM BM to propose that if no one else does. Respectfully submitted as always to you Sir, Berti.
March 04, 2011 21:42:05 bertimouse   Hi TOM Webmaster: We apologize for the confusion. So you guys don't talk to each other at all?
March 04, 2011 11:03:03 Town of Masonville Webmaster   Bertimouse I am not the webmaster of this site, I maintain the Official TOM website. This fine site is owned and operated by Mr Keidel and the Webmaster is listed at the bottom of the screen. My only connection with this site is the same as yours. I read it and I post to it on occasion. You can find the link to the Official site on the home page of this site.
March 03, 2011 22:37:27 Craig DuMond   There is no money lost in unpaid taxes as unpaid taxes by law are paid by the County...that is why you see the County doing the tax forclosers when we have them. I dont know if we are at the point where we should broadcasting the meetings over the web. I would prefer for folks to come out and personally address the Board, or individual members, with their concerns. As a society we have moved away from personal contacts and this is sad in a way. A lot of information is lost, misunderstood, etc. communicating electronically.
March 03, 2011 21:55:49 bertimouse   To We need a Solution: Check out the MSDS for LP gas: it's a class 1 health hazard & class 4 highly flammable. No good engineering solutions for fracturing rock sideways. Gas companies should 1)guarantee clean drinking water for all residents. 2)Pay for 1 inspector per job site. DEC only enforces the few laws now & only recommends to the legislature what should be law. Guess who is the slowest? The folks we voted for who are trying to protect everyone. Guess who operates the quickest? The folks who only care about making the almighty dollar.
March 03, 2011 20:33:11 bertimouse   Hi TOM Webmaster: Thanks for letting us post >225 words on our last one. Regarding the proposed Live Monthly TOM Board Meeting Webcam: We would be more than willing to donate the equipment. All that needs to be done now is to offer a motion at the TOM board meeting to propose a study at least about the possibility for it to become a reality, yes? Your thoughts are welcomed always. Craig do you also have any comments here? Thanks to both of you for your service always.
March 03, 2011 20:12:19 bertimouse   Hi Kathy: The NYS DEC budget was cut severely last year. Right now they are cut down to the bone & WHO KNOWS what the state budget will do to them this year. PA had only 16 inspectors to cover ALL of their gas drilling operations because the year before their State DEP budget was drastically cut. The remaining inspectors were lucky to inspect each site ONCE a week! The reason why that inspector said ‘If we’re too hard on them,the companies might just stop reporting their mistakes.’-is because they never had the time enough to BE THERE! A good inspector 1)Doesn't try to "run" from jobsite to jobsite by just saying hello for 1/2 an hour to fill out their time sheet & mileage expense reports. 2)Has the CAHOONIES to bust contractor's chops if they are not doing things on the job site correctly, hello? "do I think Albany will let drilling proceed regardless of accidents"? YOU BET KATHY, because Albany doesn't "see" accidents until they happen & then it's too late. Unless Albany budgets more funds to hire more qualified DEC inspectors for gas drilling operations in NYS we will NEVER support gas fracking for profits while poisoning everyone's water. It's just NOT GOING TO HAPPEN so everyone should just STOP UNTIL IT'S A SAFE THING TO DO! Accidents WILL HAPPEN when there are precious little State/Local Regulations in place but more importantly: NO INSPECTORS TO MONITOR WHATS GOING ON TO INSPECT & ENFORCE THOSE REGULATIONS:GET IT? Sorry for "shouting" here but folks just gotta get more educated about this serious issue. Right now it's like the Fox guarding the Hen house & yes this email will be forwarded to the Executive Mansion tonight. Nuff said.
March 03, 2011 19:28:58 bertimouse   Hi Craig. Thanks for your reply. The Assessor could report to the TOM board on things like: 1)The amount of $ lost in unpaid taxes. 2)The length of time said unpaid taxes are in arrears. 3)She need not name names. That information is public & on record in Delhi, but perhaps a quarterly written report submitted to the board about the items above would be of interest to TOM residents & acceptable the board? The Hwy. Dept. does a good job. No comments there for now, ha ha. ;)
March 03, 2011 11:30:58 We need a solution!   Regarding Fracking: Why isn't anyone (DEC) looking at companies that don't use chemicals for fracturing? Gasfrac, a Canadian company uses LP gas. It doesn't sound as harmful as regular fracturing. Maybe using LP gas has it's own harmful effects, I'm not sure, but it doesn't sound as bad to me.
March 02, 2011 09:30:53 TX   WHO LET THE DOGS OUT???????
March 02, 2011 09:29:02 TX2   Are they going to talk about the evil bear?
March 02, 2011 08:06:08 taxpayer   Masonville Town Board Meeting tonight March 2 at 7:30 come and voice your concerns where you can get an answer from the people who can tell you how it really is. This is much better than staying at home by the computer. Hope to see lots of new faces tonight and lots of interesting comments.
March 01, 2011 18:11:47 give it up   why dont you just go to the meetings instead of watching at home. you probrably just want to voice your say from behind you front door
March 01, 2011 09:57:18 Town of Masonville Webmaster   Bertimouse - It is not so much a case of donated equipment as the equipment needed for such a venture is easily obtained. The obstacles would be more in the line of "is it legal?" While one way conferencing such as you are advocating is very common throughout the business world I am not sure what the legality of a political conference over the internet would be. How would the town board feel about having this done? While the board we now have is very open to suggestions and innovations how about the next board? A decent laptop and good video cam and good mic and the right software is all one would need to accomplish this but ultimately it would be up to the town board.
March 01, 2011 07:39:17 Kathy K   Bertimouse: The article is "Regulation Lax as Gas Wells' Tainted Water Hits Rivers". I'd give you the URL but it won't let me post it here. Here's a quote: “Part of the problem is that industry has outpaced regulators. ‘We simply can’t keep up,’ said one inspector with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection who was not authorized to speak to reporters. ‘There’s just too much of the waste.’ ‘If we’re too hard on them,’ the inspector added, ‘the companies might just stop reporting their mistakes.’ This is something I've asked the board about. Home Rule does not apply to gas drilling, but the Town Board has stated that they trust the DEC to oversee this industry. With all the state land around here and the money it will rake in for Albany, do you think Albany will let drilling proceed regardless of accidents?
March 01, 2011 00:18:48 Les   I do not ever plan on watching the liberal documentary 'Gasland' now or ever.But it doesn't take a idiot to realize that hydrofracking chemicals into the ground is just wrong.What part of chemicals and ground do they not understand?
March 01, 2011 00:08:35 Les   Taxpayer:yup, you pro drillers can get rich just like the drug dealers, big tobacco and alcohol businesses have,good argument!
Febuary 28, 2011 22:31:00 Craig DuMond   Historically, the Assessor has not been mandated to attend Board meetings and give a report. The Highway Superintendent has historically done this. There really is not a lot of information the Assessor could report on a monthly basis. The Bi-centennial is planned for Sat July 16th. The next planning committee meeting is this Wednesday at 630pm at the Church. Questions regarding the dump box/spreader can b answered by the highway Superintendent. The box is stainless steel and therefore will be usable on many trucks to come. The Board and I feel the sole bid was reasonable considering the bid specifications. This is a budgeted item.
Febuary 28, 2011 21:56:28 bertimouse   Craig, How Come the TOM Assessor gives less detailed & very fewer reports than the TOM Highway. Dept. does at the TOM board mtgs.? -Just wondering. Please explain.
Febuary 28, 2011 21:34:56 bertimouse   Taxpayer: you really need to see the movie: "Gasland". ANYONE who is In Favor of Drilling for Gas in Any Area Should See This Movie & then offer their opinions. It was nominated last night for an Academy Award because it was such a good DOCUMENTARY Film. Folks Really need to know the whole truth. That's what documentaries do & the Academy recognized their local efforts.
Febuary 28, 2011 21:11:26 bertimouse   Kathy:about Gas drilling from the 2-27-11 NYTimes: couldn't find which one you referred to.Too many links there.We personally continue to hope folks will WAKE UP&discover enough BRAINS&Less Greed. CLEAN WATER will Always Be More Precious than dirty gas or oil. Don't these men learn nothing(?)their Momma's tried to teach them? Guess not.History repeats itself over&over again.
Febuary 28, 2011 20:51:10 bertimouse   TOM Webmaster: would a donated webcam do to broadcast online so that folks could view the TOM board mtgs. live every month at least? Tell us what it would take. We can make this happen.
Febuary 28, 2011 14:19:51 taxpayer   Not all people that are pro drilling are greedy, some are just in need of some cash to live the way others do in this state. After working long hours, 7days a week,365 days a year. Some of those that are against drilling are just jealous not to own the land and get some of that cash. Just think what some of the money would do for the economy, and also we are not the only state to do the gas drilling and it is a lot safer than some things we do to ourselves everyday, drugs, alcohol and smoking, and yes we could even get rich.
Febuary 27, 2011 23:30:20 Les   What is wrong with the pro drillers!I have always been one,DRILL HERE DRILL NOW!!!Drill holes into our earth,no big deal.Water frack CHEMICALS into the ground,NO!I don't care how safe they say it is.Where is the long term enviromental impact research,say a hundred years from now?We are dealing in NY with chemical useage from the past right now,its given us cancer clusters and inedible fish,do we look foward to more of the same?Or do we overlook history and worry about the bottom line, a little temporary profit for a limited amount of greeedy people?
Febuary 27, 2011 23:18:10 Les   I think we can deal with a little computer generated censorship.Post online to the Oneonta daily Star,can take hours or days depending on when they read them.Censorship of some innocent words is'nt that big of a deal for instantaneous posts.
Febuary 27, 2011 11:52:44 Grumpy Ernst Keidel CDR.Keidel@gmail.com Contrary to popular belief, I too am not the webmaster for this, the UNOFFICIAL Masonville site. Though I am identified as your host, I only pay for this site and dictate what should be displayed. The actual webmaster, responsible for the mechanics of this venue, is Bear at BearPaws WebWorks. His link is at the bottom of the home page. It is he who is responsible for the censoring programs, etc.
Febuary 27, 2011 11:38:33 Town of Masonville Webmaster   The question was asked could the Town Board meeting be put on the internet in real time. The answer is yes. It would not be the difficulty of doing so it would be the need for some pretty good equipment capable of producing worthwhile images and sound. For instance I have security cameras set up that allows me to watch them from any computer anywhere I am at the time. Plenty of software available but on site computer and camera/s are not available on site. Hope that helps.
Febuary 27, 2011 11:29:18 Town of Masonville Webmaster   I am sure the Webmaster of this site is using an autocensor to censor out undesirable words. The Autocensor can only distinguish the word not how it is used in context. This is one of drawbacks of keeping the site free of less than desirable content. PS I am not webmaster of this site.
Febuary 27, 2011 07:59:56 Kathy K   Wow, there's a very interesting article about gas drilling in the NY Times today. You can read it on-line.
Febuary 26, 2011 22:14:46 Driver i am   Yea i agree the road are going to hell. I know thing are tight but its safety issue. I see people driving into on coming traffic just to avoid the pot holes. Seem like there doing more repair work ever year when instead they need to be redone. On a lighter note im going to have pop tart.
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