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November 3, 2013

Mooers candidates talk money, meetings

MOOERS — With almost two years in office, Mooers Town Supervisor Cory Ross feels satisfied that the municipality is on an even keel.

The 2014 budget’s tax levy will fall below the state tax cap, he says, and town coffers are in good shape.

The town will shortly put out to bid construction on the new library/community center that will replace the non-handicap-accessible Mooers Free Library.

CANDIDATES

Ross, A Democrat, is up for re-election, as is councilor Gerald LaValley, also a Democrat. 

Jeff L. Menard, who stepped down from his longtime justice seat on Aug. 31, is challenging Ross for the supervisor’s job on the Republican ticket.

Also on that slate are council hopefuls Roger Favreau and Shirley A. Gadway, both Republicans. 

And political newcomer Mary Myatt is a Democratic candidate for a council seat.

Councilor Eugene Bushey lost out in the Republican caucus that selected candidates for the upcoming vote, so his term ends Dec. 31. 

And a council seat has remained vacant since Earl Robinson resigned to be appointed town justice in Menard’s place.

Councilor Steve Barcomb’s seat was not up for vote this year.

SNOW REMOVAL

Menard and Favreau say Ross and the present council spend too much money.

”Actually, it’s quite the opposite,” Ross said. “I’ve been quite conservative about the money.

A recent topic of contention concerns snow removal at the Town Office Complex/Mooers Volunteer Fire Department on Route 11, the pumphouse, library and town sidewalks and shoulders.

The council voted to buy a skid-steer loader for about $28,000, equipment for it costing about $6,000, and intends to hire one or two part-timers to operate it. 

Since 2007, Ross said, Dragoon’s Farm Equipment has been paid about $80,000 to do the work. 

”If (Menard and Favreau) want to talk about wasted money,” the supervisor said, “that’s a waste.”

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