Sign In | Create an Account | Welcome, . My Account | Logout | Subscribe | Submit News | Extras | All Access e-Edition | Home RSS
 
 
 

Mayor responds

Keefe: Fredonia willing to discuss fire contract with Pomfret

November 8, 2013

Fredonia village officials have responded to insinuations by Pomfret Town Board member Ann Eckman that the town board was “misled” and “blindsided” by Fredonia due to allegedly nonexistent......

« Back to Article

 
 
sort: oldest | newest

Comments

(28)

localresident

Nov-09-13 5:52 PM

Christopher, I'd be much for the County being the main government here. Get rid of allTown, Village, Hamlet, etc. governments, and run them from a higher level. Too much waste on individual board all over. Not to mention I could foresee some savings at county level due to buiyng in larger bulk purchases for some things, for starters.

1 Agrees | 0 Disagrees | Report Abuse »

localresident

Nov-09-13 5:48 PM

The village itself has been ripping off the village residents for decades. Secret meetings (anybody hear about the resolution brought before the board BEFORE they hired the new code enforcer? No? There was none, as admitted by Joe Cerrie during the October 21 meeting. Just one example. Not to mention the employees "retiring" on disability" when they recently were part of one F-up or another. Water plant manager? Code enforcer Monaco? Both retired "on disability" with no penalty. FRAUDS. Not to mention a FPD officer who left a local manufacturing plant on full disability, then became a cop before retiring from FPD on disability? Clearly we're being fleeced, and none of you seem bothered by it.

0 Agrees | 0 Disagrees | Report Abuse »

Christopher

Nov-09-13 2:35 PM

I have yet to see one member of the Town hierarchy that considers themselves to have any connection to Fredonia, that sees Fredonia as anything but a totally separate entity. And you're right, MrDemocrat, it's ridiculous.

0 Agrees | 0 Disagrees | Report Abuse »

Christopher

Nov-09-13 2:35 PM

I have yet to see one member of the Town hierarchy that considers themselves to have any connection to Fredonia, that sees Fredonia as anything but a totally separate entity. And you're right, MrDemocrat, it's ridiculous.

1 Agrees | 0 Disagrees | Report Abuse »

MrDemocrat

Nov-09-13 12:50 PM

Ann Eckman: You are elected by all of the voters of the Town of Pomfret. Two thirds of those who elected you (Pomfret Residents Who Reside In The Village) need you to represent them to, please. You are declaring war on the majority of your constituents. You are advocating for an increase in taxes for the town resdients who reside in the village to suplement a tax break for the 1/3 of town residents who live outside of the village. If the town resdients who live in the village quit paying taxes to the town, would town outside of village taxes go up??? (I would guess that answer would be a 66% town tax increase for those living outside the village and a 100% town tax cut for the town residens who live in the village). The village taxpayers through the village tax has invested millions of dollars into the fire department. I am trying to look at this from your view point and I keep thinking that you want to ride in my car that I paid for and only pay for your share of the gas.

1 Agrees | 0 Disagrees | Report Abuse »

Christopher

Nov-09-13 7:17 AM

Oops, last comment should have addressed MrPinecone. Sorry.

0 Agrees | 0 Disagrees | Report Abuse »

Christopher

Nov-09-13 7:16 AM

Taxpayer42, yes, I'm who you think I am, since I use my real last name un like a lot of others, and where my son works is not the issue. I have made many, many statements in the past relative to mergers and such that ALL Town governments should disappear, and soon, a total waste of money owing their existence to Old English Law and set up when it took many hours on horseback to reach County Seats. Towns provide nothing a county couldn't for much less money. Town of Pomfret's "government" could be replaced with about 2 county plows with drivers.

4 Agrees | 0 Disagrees | Report Abuse »

Krasnitz

Nov-08-13 6:20 PM

When the town tells us what the village gets for the 66% town taxes it pays, maybe then the town can have a voice. Town wants a free ride... How much does the town pay for law enforcement? Yet they expect the Fredonia Police, County Sheriff and the State Police to roll out for their welfare. People who live in glass houses shouldn't...

3 Agrees | 2 Disagrees | Report Abuse »

Taxpayer42

Nov-08-13 5:02 PM

First - Mayor Keefe and Ms. Eckman agreed there was a meeting. Eckman stated at the end, she thought they agreed the town would be involved in the negotiation. Keefe's response was, "the phone works both ways." How was the town board supposed to know when these negotiations were to take place? Should they have called relentlessly? or does it make more logical sense, the meeting with Ms. Eckman concluded with an agreement in good faith and the village then just chose not to make that call? I'm not calling anyone a liar. I think if you look at what each one said, critically, you'll have your answer. And yes Captain, I think the town and village should merge.

2 Agrees | 2 Disagrees | Report Abuse »

MrPinecone

Nov-08-13 5:00 PM

Christoper, you said: " Ask the Town Board if they allow Fredonia to participate when the Town is setting the tax rates for the Village? 2/3's of the Town IS the Village! It's way overdue that the Village absorbs the Town and saves everyone money for a totally useless entity." There have been public meeting after public meeting open to any and all who wish to hear and contribute to the budget deliberations which result in the tax rates. The fire contract is an entirely different matter. There are never any public discussions dedicated to the fire contracts. If you are who I think you are, you have a close relative who works for the village (a good man, by the way). I understand your allegiances but your biases are clouding your good judgement.

3 Agrees | 2 Disagrees | Report Abuse »

MrPinecone

Nov-08-13 4:51 PM

Here we go again. I'm not sure if the quote about the hydrants and reduces insurance costs is a misquote or if the Mayor is completely uninformed, or, maybe, just maybe he's being intentionally fast and loose with the facts. The mayor makes it sound like the hydrants were provided by the village. Actually, the hydrants are being paid for by the residents of the water district over the next 30 years! Oh by the way, the village charges 2 times the village rate for the water flowing to those hydrants. So any reduction in insurance rates is paid for (dearly!) by the residents of the district. Further more, the hydrants only serve a small part of the town so those folks outside of the water district get no reduction in insurance.

0 Agrees | 1 Disagrees | Report Abuse »

Captain

Nov-08-13 2:30 PM

Taxpayer42: do you support the village & Town becoming one govt entity?

2 Agrees | 1 Disagrees | Report Abuse »

DarkStar

Nov-08-13 2:00 PM

Well two stories on this, and two comment sections but I'm still waiting for someone to tell me what services the town provides village residents besides dog and marriage licenses, both of which you pay to receive?

3 Agrees | 0 Disagrees | Report Abuse »

Christopher

Nov-08-13 1:16 PM

The Town has been ripping off the Village of Fredonia for decades. I do agree with the circumstances of what Taxpayer42 outlined, other than the assumption that everything Ms. Eckman said was all gospel truth and not PERHAPS a misunderstanding. Taxpayer seems to have no problem strongly implying that Mayor Keefe is lying, does he? The bottom-line is, Fredonia is no more under obligation to include the Town in their negotiations than the Town is to include Fredonia in theirs when they decide to set Fredonia's Town tax rate higher than the rest of the Town, or pay their employees more than the Village pays theirs.

8 Agrees | 1 Disagrees | Report Abuse »

Taxpayer42

Nov-08-13 12:18 PM

Baseball, you really should READ before calling someone a liar. From the 1st article: "When I MET with them, they had assured me that Pomfret would be involved in the Fredonia Fire Department negotiations and, seemingly, they had already negotiated the contract and we were blindsided by yet another increase with no input," she said. Clearly, she said she met with them and a the conclusion of the meeting, thought they were in agrement to have the Town Board in on the negotiations. And Captain, she didn't call the media - they were atthe board meeting when she made her comment and the media reported it. How is that stooping so low and what should she be ashamed of? Doing her job? She is not a Village trustee, she is a TOWN board member and as a representative of the TOWN, she said, they met, she thought they were in agreement, and lo and behold, it appears the ones who didn't honor what was agreed to at that meeting is the village.Kudos to Ms. Eckman for repersenting her const

2 Agrees | 7 Disagrees | Report Abuse »

commentor

Nov-08-13 11:23 AM

1. I asked the question what services does the Town provide for Village residents for our tax payment to them? 2. Judeye I'm still waiting for you to answer my question to you and since you said to remind you consider this about the 4th reminder.

5 Agrees | 1 Disagrees | Report Abuse »

Nathan

Nov-08-13 11:14 AM

Having been close friends with the Keefe family, I am sure Mayor Keefe is being open and honest. I am sure this little bit of sour grapes can be turned into wine.

10 Agrees | 1 Disagrees | Report Abuse »

judeye

Nov-08-13 9:31 AM

Sounds to me like pure MIScommunications. The Mayor said and heard one thing. Ms Eckman heard something differently. Happens all the time in any communications..just ask your partner ha ha

What I do not understand is.. it seems this could have..should have...been cleared up by a phone call rather than airing in the paper. Wonder why that did not happen?

7 Agrees | 4 Disagrees | Report Abuse »

judeye

Nov-08-13 9:27 AM

Captain...that is really nice that you apologized. Something called respect and Manners...something too often missing in our conversations these days.

5 Agrees | 4 Disagrees | Report Abuse »

bulldog10

Nov-08-13 9:10 AM

A village mayor and a town board member in a fight, the truth is somewhere in between the two stories.

2 Agrees | 2 Disagrees | Report Abuse »

baseball

Nov-08-13 9:09 AM

So there was a meeting, the council woman LIED! Go figure.

4 Agrees | 2 Disagrees | Report Abuse »

baseball

Nov-08-13 9:08 AM

localresident, and the Town board benefits who? a very few, the 11,000 in Fredonia are forced to live by different rules!

5 Agrees | 1 Disagrees | Report Abuse »

localresident

Nov-08-13 8:42 AM

The last tying we need is the village running the entire town. The village board benefits about 100 people, period. The other 10,900 are forced to live by a different set of rules.

0 Agrees | 8 Disagrees | Report Abuse »

Captain

Nov-08-13 7:30 AM

I must apologize to JD for accusing him of "stirring the pot" with yesterday's poll question. My comment was based on a question that, at the time, appeared to lack any relevance. AFTER the story was posted that was related to this question, we learned the words he used were actual quotes and not his own, therefore, I apologize.

4 Agrees | 0 Disagrees | Report Abuse »

Christopher

Nov-08-13 7:14 AM

One advantage for Village workers if the Town absorbs the Village, you all will driving LOTS nicer trucks! :)

7 Agrees | 1 Disagrees | Report Abuse »

Showing 25 of 28 comments Show More Comments
 
 

Post a Comment

You must first login before you can comment.

*Your email address:
*Password:
Remember my email address.
or
 
 

 

I am looking for:
in:
News, Blogs & Events Web