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November 2, 2013

Richfield has no 'special interests'

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The Daily Star

---- — There are no special-interest groups in Richfield. We are all residents and taxpayers and we all care about the future of our town and its people. But, some people are better prepared to manage the finances and other business of the town and this is what this election is all about.

In this changing economy and culture we need people with up-to-date managerial skills, knowledge of contract negotiation and the ability to communicate with the taxpayers. After attending town planning board meetings, we were shocked by this board’s inability to negotiate a contract with a wind turbine company that benefits the town. We were also shocked to learn that some of our town board members supported this inadequate contract.

After attending regular meetings of the Mohawk Valley Economic Development Program, we learned that some of our town board members and a former supervisor failed to follow through with the feasibility study for a business park. The money, provided by the state approximately 11 years ago, had to be returned after eight years of waiting to move forward with the project. In addition, our town has code enforcement problems that have never been addressed by either the Planning Board or previous town boards.

Currently, people who are violating our ordinances are allowed to get away with not complying with our codes. There are many more issues that need to be addressed in order to make it worthwhile paying local taxes, but we need people who know how to do the job.

Re-elect experienced businessman Francis J. Engem for town supervisor and lifelong resident William Seamon for councilman. Elect Paul Palumbo and Larry Frigault, both successful businessmen and both running for separate town council seats. And, definitely, Sue Cantwell who is running for town clerk!

Gerry and Ray Wong

Richfield Springs