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August 27, 2014 Front Page Headlines

Assessor Changes Possible
Of nine towns in Southern Oneida and Eastern Madison counties, only one has three assessors. The other eight all use one assessor. And that ninth town, the Town of Marshall, could well be joining them. The Marshall Town Board will take formal comments at the Tuesday, Sept. 9 meeting during a public hearing. The question to residents is whether the town should switch from its three elected assessor system to having one assessor either elected or appointed. Town Supervisor Morrie Sturdevant said last week the town board is looking to make this change to save money. “It’s purely a business decision,’’ he said. “This is an opportunity to literally save the town thousands of dollars.’’ According to the state Office of Real Property Tax Services, towns across the state have been moving from three to one assessors over the past several years. While the state is not telling towns to make the change, it has been encouraging a one-assessor office for several reasons. The department’s data shows that 30 years ago, half of municipalities had an elected board of three assessors. In 2014, only 10 percent of municipalities in the state have an elected board while the vast majority appoint one assessor. Sturdevant said Marshall spends close to $20,000 for the salaries of the three elected assessors. Currently, Maryanne Marsh is the chairman of the Assessor office and Kathy Fitzgerald and Nancy Peck serve as the other two assessors. In comparison, Augusta spends $12,150 for its one assessor, Sangerfield spends $10,740 for its one assessor and Stockbridge $8,000. Madison spends the most of nearby towns, budgeting $18,550. Sturdevant said the town board looked at the reasons the state outlined, plus some inhouse ones. For example, he said the town could hire a clerk to assist the one assessor, and that clerk could do other town-related duties. “We could also have an opportunity for shared service with this with another town or two,’’ he said. “We looked at the pros and cons the state gives and the board thought it was worth running it by people.’’ An informal public input session at the town’s August meeting saw one person come to speak on the issue. That person spoke against making the change. For the Complete Article, Click Here to Subscribe!

BCS Moves To Shift Culture
This year, Brookfield Central School wants to challenge students, staff, parents and the community to do better. At the August BCS Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Jim Plows and Principal Carrie Smith outlined to the board a draft of the plan. The actual steps on doing this will be set in October after getting input from staff, students and others involved. “This idea has been incubating for a while,’’ Plows said. “Every district has this challenge. How do we get our students who excel and are in the middle of the pack to do better?’’ Plows said the board was being shown the draft to get the conversation going. Teachers will spend a good part of their first day back Sept. 2 discussing the idea as well, Plows said. “This reflects directly on student achievement and learning,’’ he said. “But it’s being looked at as a whole community deal.’’ The idea, he and Smith said, is for students whose academic assessments are in the middle to do better. “A student doing average work,’’ Plows said, “may have the ability to do above average. The question is why are they not doing it.’’ Along with exploring that question next week, Plows said teachers will address how to make students want to do better. “How can we get a C student to a B, or a B student to an A or an A student to an A-plus,’’ Plows said. What he and Smith and retired Principal Kathy Donovan came up with, Plows said, is that doing so requires a commitment not just from the student. “Family support is crucial,’’ he said. “And from the faculty and staff and community.’’ Plows said Brookfield, both in school and the community, already does much of what the plan will include. “We’re going to make it more formal and accountable.’’ For example, while many upperclassmen regularly have a teacher or staff person who serves as a mentor, that relationship be more formal. For the Complete Article, Click Here to Subscribe!

Eagle Scout

Anders Larson, of local Boy Scout Troop 108, became an Eagle Scout recently. Larson chose as his Eagle Scout community project to establish a Little Free Library at Three Steeples Church on Paris Hill. Larson built and installed the library, which follows the ‘Take a Book, Return a Book’ policy of such libraries around the world. People can choose from the books provided and then provide one of their own for people to read. Larson said as he was planning with the overview of Mark Mowrey and other adult leaders in Scouts it went from one to two and the design varied greatly. He found plans on the Little Library website. Materials were donated by Lincoln Davis. Bill Vetter helped with the construction.

Early Deadline
Deadline for articles and ads for the Sept. 3 issue of The Waterville Times is Thursday, Aug. 28 by 12 noon.

Basic Finished
Air Force Airman William Baker graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Baker is the son of William and Paula Baker of Waterville. He is a 2013 graduate of Clinton Senior High School.

School Items Wanted
C.W. Clark Memorial Library in Oriskany Falls is collecting school supplies for area students. Please make your contributions at the library. The library is having its annual Bookbag Raffle. Tickets are $1 per chance. Stop and put your name in to win a bookbag full of supplies for school.

Arrest Made In Burglary
According to the Oneida County Sheriff’s Department, the Investigation Unit arrested Allison Nassimos, 32, of Oriskany Falls last week. Nassimos was charged with burglary, a felony. Police said on Aug. 17, deputies responded to a burglary complaint at a residence in the Town of Sangerfield when the homeowner found items missing from the residence. The incident was investigated by members of the Criminal Investigation Unit and Nassimos was subsequently charged. Nassimos was arraigned in the Village of New York Mills Court and committed to Oneida County Jail on $30,000 bail. The department made a second arrest in the burglary investigation the next day. Thomas Crowe, 36, of Clayville was arraigned in the Village of New York Mills Court and remanded to the Oneida County Jail on $20,000 bail. The case is still under investigation.

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