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Forestville residents voice displeasure with board actions

August 28, 2013

FORESTVILLE — More than 35 residents attended the Forestville Village Board meeting to voice displeasure with several board decision....

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Aug-28-13 4:22 AM

Stott has no room to complain about unprofessionalism on the part of the board. She who published confidential information on a social media site and created her own firestorm and she is asking people to respect her comments when she is guilty of the very same thing she is accusing them of. This board is far more professional than any I have seen in the past. Just how much higher do the 700 residents want to pay when there is no increase in the tax base. Water doesn't matter when you have no businesses coming in . Ask yourself how many people are actually taxpayers...minors don't count as property owners nor do renters. When the village goes bankrupt you will be a part of the town anyway.

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Aug-28-13 7:33 AM

Really people. You sound like a bunch of little kids that did not get their way. Every time there is a meeting and this paper publish's what happened it make you sound more and more like country bumpkins. Isn't it about time that everyone started working together and not against each other. If you have a personal problem with one of the board members keep it out of the meetings. Mr Johnson is worried about loosing his voice, well then next time run for trustee and make your voice be heard and see if you can make the changes that everyone wants. Rome was not built in a day.

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Aug-28-13 7:38 AM

Wow....nice to see residents come out. Cassadaga was faced with losing their school in the Village here and NO ONE came out. They all rolled over like good little doggies. Stick with it Forestville residents.

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Aug-28-13 7:59 AM

The crowd was outraged when Mayor Linda Aures closed the public hearing due to a lack of "intelligent questions."

Laughed when I read this. And then thought, Gosh I wished we could do this with Congress.

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Aug-28-13 8:20 AM

Many Cassadaga residents came out when there was talk of moving grades 3-5 to Sinclairville, but the decision was made long before the meeting was held. It was just for show. When the talk to close the school came up, everyone knew they had already decided to close it, but the meeting was just for looks. Plus, most residents knew that the buildings needed to merge and there was not much fuss. It was common sense.

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Aug-28-13 10:14 AM

Wow, the Mayor actually said that! Who is lacking in intelligence? The streets Supervisor was told not to comment too? Why is he the next to be fired? Gary Belote sounds like he knows what he talking about! MatthiesJ, I guess you don't realize that everything but social security numbers is public information.

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Aug-28-13 11:27 AM

John Carpenter's employment is no longer in question he was called by his supervisor at 6:50 this morning to let him know he is no longer employed for the Village of Forestville. The wonderful Mayor could not even let him know in person possibly giving him a reason why.. After 6 yrs. of working hard and helping keep that village clean and running well ( I don't think people realize EVERYTHING he did) he was just tossed out like trash... But im sure the mayor has someone picked out already to fill John's spot so sad that since they took over office John felt like he was being picked on he had an idea awhile back that they were going to get rid of him no matter what he did.

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Aug-28-13 12:27 PM

Good grief! If they had managed 200 signature on a legally worthless petition, why not now just do the work to force a permissive referendum? I'm not totally certain on the particulars, but I believe that they only need to gather the signatures of village residents registered to vote in a number equal to 10% of the residents who voted in the last governor's race. The County Board of Elections should have the required info and forms. The BIG issue in such matters is not getting enough people to sign, but rather making certain that ALL the rules are adhered too in the process. Persons not wanting to see a referendum held WILL use EVERY trick in the book in an effort to have the petition thrown out for technical mistakes (ie. wording), or to have signatures disqualified. If you can, speak with persons having some prior experience in doing this sort of thing. It's really not that difficult a process, but you need to know "what's what". FYI- You now have 30 days to file

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Aug-28-13 1:14 PM

My previous remarks may need to stand corrected. In re-reading the somewhat confusing article it seems that this law to change the election date is subject to a "mandatory" referendum to be held on Nov.5th, which just happens to be the state and federal election day too, a fact that is irrelevant to holding a referendum. That being the case, there's no need to force a referendum by petition as I suggested, just show up and vote against the law to move the village election day if you don't like it.

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Aug-28-13 2:19 PM

I have a family member who lives in Forestville. I have traveled to your wonderful village often and used to shop on main street at my favorite little antique store whenever i was there.It has closed.So,about a previous post, I am guessing that all who disagreed with a recent firing of the maint. worker, have never been fired themselves. If they had, they would know, that all they read is not the whole truth. I have known people who have been fired, and fired people myself, but i did it in person. The facts were laid out.

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Aug-28-13 2:34 PM

Sad that a handful of toxic personalities are trying to kill a lovely village.

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Aug-28-13 3:44 PM

Forestville has always been a "Good 'Ol Boys Club" and if you weren't down at the Tavern getting drunk every night no one cared about who you were. It looks like some residents are finally getting fed up with it. Good for them, don't let the great area that is Forestville implode on itself over a few selfish politicians who like to bully the other residents around.

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Aug-28-13 4:47 PM

Bronski - Mr. Johnson IS a trustee! He is also the Deputy Mayor. Maybe you should actually read the article or any other article about the board of trustees in the last 6 months. He is trying to do what the residents want, but he is only one vote on that board.

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Aug-28-13 4:57 PM

Funny how the appointed board members and Mayor elect used to comment on here. Now they hide behind the disagree button! Shows their cowardly ways. I do believe in "what goes around comes around" and I'm pretty sure thats what's going to happen. Their time is up, they wasted 5 months of taxpayers time and money and now the taxpayers have spoken with or without a petition, you cannot speak to the taxpayers the way she does, who does she think she is? She should crawl under a rock and stay there or maybe a dumpster where her mouth would fit in best.

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Aug-28-13 5:11 PM

I'd like to agree & disagree with Ljczec. Yes, it was always a "Good 'ol Boys Club" until this administration beat them. Due to loss of power the "Good 'ol Boys" are doing their best to bully from the sidelines by using scare tactics like spreading false information, most likely deliberately, not listening to facts & spreading gossip the way small towns & little villages are often known for. The committee to investigate dissolution is doing just that. The information they find out will be reported to the taxpayers who then can decide if they want to dissolve. The moving up of the election day is something that other municipalities are also considering because it saves taxpayer $. This sounds reasonable to me. Again, this goes to a public vote. The mayor seemed to "lose her cool" in a similar way to a mother when her toddlers are fighting over 1 toy while there's a 2nd of the exact same toy right next to them. Let the Board try to do th

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Aug-28-13 5:12 PM

Let the board try to do the job they were elected to do.

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Aug-28-13 7:30 PM

Shoot! I obviously missed a good one. It's almost become embarrassing to say that I'm a member of a village that repeatedly insists on spewing their vindictive hatred towards a board that is actually trying to better the mess they have been elected to rectify. These people have willingly accepted the challenge. Like it or not, they have the chore of trying to keep a village that has been grossly mismanaged for years fiscally viable and economically responsible. Exploring every avenue to do just that should be expected. Do I personally want to see a village dissolved, lord NO, but the officials of this community are responsible for our tax dollars and they need to be applauded for looking outside "the box" for any and all options. After all, We The People have the final say.

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Aug-29-13 8:38 AM

Hey Kim Stott, you a little mad because you are a trouble maker and got voted off the board? Grow up.

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Aug-29-13 10:28 AM

I recall when the mayor was going door to door campaigning, that full disclosure was part of her platform. Seems now, no disclosure is her reality. By the way, let's not forget her majority on the board is a result of her trustee appointments, not a result of elected representation by the people. So allowing them to do what they were elected to do, is a misstatement. Seems like Johnson is the only one LISTENING to the people of the village and trying to represent their wishes.

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