A Franklin Forum presenting the candidates for two contested positions on the town council will be hosted by The New Franklin Register newspaper. This forum will be held Tuesday October 17th, 7PM, at The Ouleout Valley Post 1689 American Legion, 327 Main Street, Village of Franklin.
Six town officers will be before the voters this November: supervisor, clerk, highway superintendent, justice, and two councilmen. Term of office will be two years for supervisor, clerk, and superintendent, and four years for justice and councilmen.
Only the positions for the council are being contested, and those candidates have been invited to present themselves to the voters this October. For the two council seats, there are three candidates. The two incumbents are Garret Sitts (Republican Party) having served 10 years and David Grant (Republican) having served 4 years. The challenger is Trish Tyrell (independent, Democratic Party endorsement).
Until recently, these elections have been uncontested with low voter turnout. However the last few contested elections brought out 600 and 770 voters to the polls. Franklin and Treadwell forums have been held preceding these elections to give the voters a chance to get to get to know the candidates.
This forum will begin at 7:00PM. Afterwards light refreshments will be served during an opportunity for conversations.
Moderator will be Tom Briggs, mayor of the Village of Franklin. (John Campbell, who had agreed to be the moderator, had to withdraw.) Each candidate will be offered an opportunity for a three minute opening statement. This will be followed 30 minutes of questions from the audience. The formal part of forum will conclude with the candidates offered an opportunity for a one minute summation.
The NFR is under the auspices of Franklin Local Ltd. a not-for-profit volunteer organization dedicated to informing the community, rebuilding the local economy, promoting community solidarity, encouraging volunteerism, and advocating for sustainable development.
This forum is an informational event. Both Franklin Local and The Ouleout Valley Post are non-partisan, and their hosting does not imply an endorsement of any candidate or candidates.
The regular monthly meeting of the Franklin Town Board was called to order at 7:30 P.M. by Supervisor Jeff Taggart. Present were Jeff Taggart, Garret Sitts, Donnie Smith, Dwight Bruno, Mark Laing and Paul Warner. Absent was David Grant. Also present were Jamie Archibald, Roger Reed, Pete Nero, Tim Robinson, Lacey Cox, Tim Peterson, Damin McNeilly, Nick Carpenter, Nathan Dumond, Trish Tyrell, John Desiderio, Jarret Bryan, Carol Jensen, Brian Brock, Bill Young, Megan Northrop, Cassidy Gardner, Dave Ohman, Dave Tuthill, Tom Briggs and Tony Breuer.
The minutes were read from the September 5, 2017 meeting. Garret Sitts made a motion to approve the minutes as read. Dwight Bruno seconded the motion and all present agreed.
Dave Ohman from Delaware Engineering gave a brief presentation about a Town Office/ Court building. Continue reading…
The regular monthly meeting of the Franklin Town Board was called to order at 7:30 P.M. by Supervisor Jeff Taggart. Present were Jeff Taggart, Garret Sitts, David Grant, Donnie Smith, Dwight Bruno, Mark Laing and Paul Warner. Also present were Tony Breuer, Brian Brock, Don Hebbard, Trish Tyrell, Pete Nero, Bill Young, Roger Reed and Dave Tuthill.
The minutes were read from the August 1, 2017 meeting. David Grant made a motion to accept the minutes as read. Donnie Smith seconded the motion and all agreed. Continue reading…
The regular monthly meeting of the Franklin Town Board was called to order at 7:30 P.M. Present were Jeff Taggart, David Grant, Donnie Smith, Dwight Bruno, Marl Laing and Paul Warner. Absent was Garret Sitts. Also present were Jim Basile, Carl Lobdell, Tony Breuer, Brian Brock, Bill Young, Jamie Archibald, Dave Tuthill, Mike Wallace and Patricia Tyrell.
The minutes were read from the past two meetings. David Grant made a motion to approve both sets of minutes. Dwight Bruno seconded the motion and all present agreed. Continue reading…
The special meeting of the Franklin Town Board was called to order at 7:35 P.M. Present were Jeff Taggart, Garret Sitts and Donnie Smith. Also present were Carole Marner, Gene Marner, Tom Collier, Jan Mulroy, Tony Breuer, Jerry Hebbard, Don Hebbard, Tara Donadio, Liz Serrao, Andy Bobrow, Carla Nordstrom, Patricia Tyrell and Paul DeAndrea.
Garret Sitts made a motion to read the minutes at the next meeting. Donnie Smith seconded the motion and all present agreed.
Tara Donadio gave a presentation about Clean Energy for Communities Program. There are four actions that need to be taken by the Town to qualify to become a Clean Energy Community. The step that needs to be taken tonight is to adopt a resolution to use the New York State Unified Solar Permit.
Garret Sitts made a motion to make the fee for a 25kW or less $105.00. Donnie Smith seconded the motion and all present agreed.
Garret Sitts made a motion to adopt the New York State Unified Solar Permit. Donnie Smith seconded the motion and all present agreed.
With nothing further to come before the board Garret made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:50 P.M.
Video Recording of meeting:
The Public Hearing regarding the Delhi Telephone Company franchise agreement was called to order at 7:30 pm by Supervisor Jeff Taggart. Present were Jeff Taggart, Donnie Smith, Dwight Bruno Mark Laing and Paul Warner. Garret Sitts and David Grant arrived at 7:35 pm. Also present were Roger Reed, Mike Wallace, Jason Woodyshek, William Trelease, Ken Prestidge, Robin Costabile, Bill Young, Tony Breuer, Patricia Tyrell, Carl Lobdell and Pete Nero.
The public hearing regarding the franchise agreement between Delhi Telephone Company and the Town of Franklin was discussed. The area mainly covered by this agreement will be south of State Highway 357. This is the area covered by the grant that DTC is receiving. There was also discussion about the conveyance of easement at the Town Shed site. The Town is requesting that the area they need be moved so that it as far back as it can go.
The public meeting was closed at 7:40 P.M. Continue reading…
By Brian Brock
After having read in the spring issue of this newspaper about the 2014 audit of the Town of Franklin financial operations by the Office of the State Comptroller (OSC), you might have wondered how it could be the first time that you learned of this critique. Arguably, this is because the town board did what it could to keep this report from the citizens — legally and then some.
Now Report 2014M-32 can be inspected at the town hall during office hours. (It had been lost in the files.) The OSC is more accommodating. Anytime, this audit can be read at your leisure, printed, or downloaded for free at: https://goo.gl/nYBygL.
This audit of the fiscal year 2012 was extended into 2013 and then published in 2014. After reviewing a draft of this report, the town board responded with a letter to the OSC in April of 2014. After the report was published, the town board placed a copy in the town files and placed the required notice in the back of The Walton Reporter in May. After reviewing the final report, the town board submitted the required Corrective Action Plan (CAP) to the OSC in July. In all this time, there is no written record of this audit being discussed in the public meetings of the town board. Unfortunately, video-recording of the monthly meetings did not begin until later in December 2014. Continue reading…
By Robert Lamb
We are what we experience throughout our lives. Reading has inspired me to do the things I have done and to live a lifestyle outside of mainstream society.
Much of my early inspiration came from the National Geographic magazine. Unlike many young boys, I devoured stories about the wilderness for the content, not the nude natives. One article described life in Siberia and featured a rugged fifty year-old living a sustenance lifestyle. Another described the end of gold mining in Alaska due to low prices and the Second World War. There were articles about the caribou herds and huge salmon runs, and bears, lots of bears. Black bears and giant brown bears inhabit Alaska’s great lands. Monstrous man-killing polar bears stalk villages in the north.
Film also influenced my life decisions. In the sixties, theaters would show fillers between the main features. These short film clips of Alaska and its people had a profound effect on my young psyche. I began to view society as something to take in small doses. I once read a time study of modern man’s lifestyle. A man with a family of three would work ten years to provide food for them. Twenty years to provide a home, etc., etc. I vowed to break out of that mold. I decided early on to become a homesteader. Like the early settlers, I would take a barren piece of land and build a home and life for my family.
After graduating high school in 1975 with a young bride and first child, I was devastated to learn Alaska no longer offered land for homesteading. The program had ended a year earlier. After the birth of my second child, their mother left. With custody of two children, the prospect of ever seeing the land I dreamed so much about seemed remote.
As fate would have it, I met a beautiful young woman who shared my vision of a simple lifestyle. We purchased fifteen wooded acres on the edge of the Catskill Mountains. We started out in an old office trailer and with my two children and our six-month-old son, we began our lives as urban homesteaders. We put in gardens and raised animals. We had cows and pigs, chickens and turkeys. We hunted and fished. Meanwhile, we had to keep jobs. Unlike homesteading in Alaska, here in New York we have to pay taxes for the privilege of owning land. We needed autos to get to work, and of course we needed insurance on the cars and property. So many demands on a man’s time can leave little time to enjoy it all. I have no regrets about my choices. I am proud to have never used fossil fuels to heat my home. I still cut my own firewood.
As the years went by and the kids moved out on their own, I was suddenly floored with the desire to follow some of my earlier dreams. I applied for a job in Denali, Alaska, and that is how Alaska became my mistress. While working there allowed me to see Alaska, it was not enough; I had to experience Alaska. I wanted to feel it, smell it and revel in its wildness. I wanted a piece of it for my own. I purchased five acres near Indian River from the state, and my best friend Jared helped me build a cabin with views of Denali, the tallest mountain on the North American continent. I felt I had finally come home. Home to something I had only ever read about. The land was fifty miles from the nearest phone, yet still I felt the need to get further away from civilization.
So my friend Jared and I bought another piece of wilderness heaven.
President Roosevelt set aside five thousand square miles of wilderness around Prince William Sound called the Chugach National Forest. It sits among several state parks. Wilderness as God created it, with no humans for sixty miles around. It is here, surrounded by towering glacier-topped mountains and a bay full of life, that my soul feels at home. With eagles soaring overhead and bears inhabiting my dreams, I am home. The breaching Minke whales and chattering rafts of otters make the bay a natural entertainment. There are five kind of salmon, as well as halibut and rockfish. Moose and Sitka deer share the forest and tundra with the black and brown bears.
What more could a wandering spirit ask for?
Many things, I might reply.
I have yet to swim in the Arctic Ocean or raft the mighty Yukon River.
Still seeking those boyhood dreams…
By Christina Milliman
Documenting Delaware and Otsego County Farmers, Thirty Years Later
In 2015, The Farmers’ Museum acquired all of the negatives and photographs by Charles Winters taken for his book with Jean Simonelli, TOO WET TO PLOW. The book documents the story of farmers’ lives through a compilation of stories and Charlie’s memorable photo-documentation. Intimate portraits of men and women who worked together to keep a farm running, and children who helped on the farm, were shown in black and white and vivid color. For some children, the farm was a playground of sorts, for others it was a means to learn about animals, the earth and growing food, or hard work. They saw their parents put in time, twenty-four/seven. A life of work; a life without long vacations and with little break.