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Granby’s Water District #6 defeated by vote

by Nicole Reitz

Water District #6 in the Town of Granby was defeated by a vote of 102 to 79 Tuesday.

The vote comes as a disappointment to those who struggle with bad well water, wells going dry, and in some cases, e-coli in the water.

Two wells in Water District #6 tested positive for E. coli. Granby Town Supervisor Ed Williamson said that the county has condemned these wells and the residents are buying their own clean water.

Williamson believes that the debt service was expensive for some and this played into the decision when voting.

If the vote was approved, home and land owners in Water District #6 would have needed to pay $535 over the course of a 38-year mortgage.

Although Williamson is not happy with the way the vote went, he is satisfied with the voter turnout. One hundred and eighty-one out of a possible 258 residents voted. Those who are living out of state for the winter months were not able to vote as there were no absentee ballots.

Water District #6 could go up for another vote in the future. Williamson said he is in contact with the offices of U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, as well as state Senator Patty Ritchie, to see if there is more money available to the district, which would take a monetary burden off of the people.

“As a town we will continue to look for federal and state monies to hopefully provide clean and cheaper water to our residents,” said Williamson.

Granby water district vote this Tuesday

by Nicole Reitz

A vote will be held Tuesday, Feb. 26 from noon to 9 p.m. for the establishment of Water District #6 in the Town of Granby.

Property owners in the proposed water district may cast their votes at the Granby Town Hall on County Route 8.

Water District #6 includes Wyborn, Prall, Ritchie, County Line, County Route 55, South Granby Road, Sharp, Leo Mar, Merritt, County Route 14, and County Route 8 South.

Cards have been sent to all property owners in the district.

Granby Supervisor Ed Williamson is encouraging deed holders to cast their votes — whether they want city water or not.

The district will be established with the majority of votes. If the majority votes yes, every home or landowner in Water District #6 will have a 38-year assessment of $535 added to their taxes.

The $535 is over the life of the mortgage. Should the home be sold, the new property owners will continue paying that amount. Those who want the water will have to hook up the lines to their houses and pay for usage.

The cost to hook up to the water depends on the distance from the home to the pipe itself.

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Town of Granby adopts budget

The Town of Granby’s 2013 budget was adopted following the monthly board meeting last week.

Councilors Lori Blackburn, Susan Richardson and Joe Cortini agreed to give a raise to the highway superintendent in the amount of $880.

Supervisor Ed Williamson voted against the budget with a raise for the highway superintendent. He added that if all of the raise requests were accepted from the tentative budget, that taxes would increase by 30 percent.

The budget does not include a tax increase for town residents. According to Williamson, taxes were lowered last year by a small margin.

It was also decided that the Justices serving the town would split a $1,200 travel budget. Last year, Judge Edwin Winkworth spent $970 on trips to NYC and Potsdam while Judge Bruce Wells spent $105 for local classes.

Williamson felt that it was only fair to give the justices equal access to educational opportunities, saying that, in his opinion, $300 would be enough for each justice. He added that justices are required to have 12 hours of training a year and that Wells was more conservative with his travel, preferring to attend conferences close to home.

Cortini clarified that education includes travel and dues, mileage, meals, hotels, and registration for conferences. The only travel excused are routine daily trips, such as visits to the bank. It is a written policy that travel must first be pre-approved by the board.

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Valley Viewpoints: No more raises

by Rose Anthony, Granby

November 7 was the Town of Granby’s open budget hearing where every townsperson is supposedly allowed to attend and voice their opinion on the town budget plans.

For many years, it has become customary to give many Granby town employees raises every year. As I am always concerned about how our tax dollars are spent, I attended this meeting and questioned town councilors Lori Blackburn, Sue Richardson and Joe Cortini why they planned to give a town employee a $1,200 hike in pay when she didn’t request a raise.

Her duties had evidently not increased as well. No one was able to give me a reason or support this decision in any way.

When our town highway superintendent ran for his position the starting pay was $39,000. Then it increased to $43,000. How could this position suddenly merit a $4,000 raise in the economy? In this present budget, there is projected an additional $2,000 raise, which amounts to $45,000 for the first year on the job for someone not even proven yet.

January, February, March and April are the busiest months for our highway department. Luckily, last winter was an unusually mild winter and perhaps did not require the highway superintendent to put in a lot of hours.

But this year, if we have our normal number of blizzard-like snowstorms with the highway department working day and night so people can get to work, will the superintendent be able to devote the time needed to his town highway job?

The highway department’s top priority is reacting to the prevailing weather conditions to maintain public safety on the “68 plus miles of roads with experienced drivers as the backbone of the program,” notes the town web site. “It takes the highway team 3–4 hours to make one full pass through the town.”

Town highway supervisory positions are 24-hours working or on-call in our tough winters. It is simply the required responsibility that comes with the position.

Per capita income in Granby is $16,826; the median income is under $29,000. Starting salary of $39,000 in our county for a highway job without the prerequisite of a college degree is very generous in my book.

Our previous superintendent, who retired, worked 16 years to get where he got and this super wants to get there in one year.

But again, not one single person on our town council could explain why this large raise is merited or even why it is proposed.

I am truly against the practice of automatically giving raises for personnel at budget time every year. This has been the custom of Granby for years.

It is time to think about it, stop it and change it, to be equitable for all townspeople.

Valley Viewpoints: Fulton vs. Granby

by Rose Anthony of Granby

I have always informed you on what is happening in Granby. Please read this very carefully and take an interest in it.

The City of Fulton wants to annex its Sewer Treatment Plant from the Town of Granby. Just because the city is hurting, why should the Town of Granby suffer? Yes, I mean suffer financially.

If the City of Fulton succeeds and takes the Sewer Treatment Plant, they want to make it tax exempt. If that happens, then the Fulton City School District will lose $78,824.14 in tax money — not to mention the other county, fire department and highway taxes.

It all falls on us, the taxpayers, in the end. The Town of Granby, years ago, was the highest tax town to live in. We, in Granby, have come a long way and can finally “see the light at the end of the tunnel.”

What I am asking each and every person in the Town of Granby is to come Monday, Aug. 6 at 7 p.m. to the Fulton Municipal Building.

The Fulton Common Council and the Granby Town Board are having an open public meeting where the public can speak.

Although the Town of Granby has an attorney representing us, it would be great for the people to come forward and speak.

I am asking all of you to attend, speak your minds, and be there behind our Granby town board 100 percent against annexing.

Granby plow blamed for car damage

by Nicole Reitz

Granby resident Mark McCann went to work in late March and came home to find gravel and road debris on his wife’s Dodge Caliber and his Buick Le Sabre. The end of his driveway was also dug out.

McCann called Granby Highway Superintendent Ray Sullivan to look at the damage, which he believed was caused by the town’s snow plow.

Sullivan went to McCann’s home the night of the incident to take photos of the cars. Snow from earlier in the day had melted, revealing the damages.

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Valley Viewpoint: Honest government

by Rose Anthony of Granby

When a citizen is elected as town councilor, this person should represent all of the taxpayers in the town.

I believe in honest and open government. As a resident of the Town of Granby, I attend each of our meetings once a month and I speak up if I have a question or something to say to the town board, especially if I feel something is not right or fair to all.

At the February meeting, a town councilor spoke quite awhile about insurance. Her husband is insured by the town as a highway department employee. She is employed by the Hannibal school district. She used two cliches phrases: “What’s good for the goose is good for the gander” and “you gotta grab what you can.”

I did not understand her use of these phrases regarding insured by the town as a council member, but questions were not taken from the audience following that meeting.

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Oswego County legislators consider bridge projects

by Carol Thompson

Three bridge projects will be on the agenda when the Oswego County Legislature meets March 15.

The projects under consideration for this year will include the County Route 55 bridge over Ox Creek in the Town of Granby. The bridge is listed on the highway department’s rehabilitation plan and is scheduled to be replaced and updated.

The bridge has no approach railing, substandard bridge railing, and roadway width. The resolution legislators are asked to consider would transfer $440,000 from a capital reserve fund.

A $350,000 budget transfer from the capital reserve fund is also being requested for the replacement of the Kranze Road Bridge over Sage Creek in the Town of Mexico.

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